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1956 NASCAR Grand National Recap


1956 NASCAR Grand National Standings

1956 NASCAR Grand National Champion Buck Baker.
1956 NASCAR Grand National Champion Buck Baker

A horrendous crash took Herb Thomas out of the championship hunt late in the season, allowing Buck Baker to cruise to the 1956 NASCAR Grand National title. Thomas, leading the points race entering the October race at Shelby, N.C., suffered critical injuries in a multi-car crash on the 1/2-mile dirt track.

Speedy Thompson, Baker's teammate on the Carl Kiekhaefer team, hooked Thomas' bumper in a turn, thus triggering the crash. Controversy flared to epic proportions. Kiekhaefer had leased the track and quickly scheduled a race to give Baker another opportunity to catch up in the points race. Thomas, who quit the Kiekhaefer team at midseason, had taken over the points lead a month earlier.

Thompson drew the wrath of observers and sportswriters for causing the crash that injured Thomas. Team owner Kiekhaefer was also extensively criticized by the media. Baker was exonerated of any alleged "team play" in the race.

Baker won 14 races en route to his first NASCAR championship. The following chart compiles the complete standings for 1956.

1956 NASCAR Grand National Standings

Rank
Driver Points Wins Earnings
1
Buck Baker
9,272
14
$34,076.35
2
Speedy Thompson
8,788
8
27,168.62
3
Herb Thomas
8,710
5
19,351.19
4
Lee Petty
8,324
2
15,337.08
5
Jim Paschal
7,878
1
17,203.08
6
Billy Myers
6,796
2
15,829.08
7
Fireball Roberts
5,794
5
14,741.27
8
Ralph Moody
5,528
4
15,492.27
9
Tim Flock
5,062
4
15,768.19
10
Marvin Panch
4,680
1
11,519.40
11
Rex White
4,642
0
5,333.27
12
Johnny Allen
4,024
0
4,558.19
13
Paul Goldsmith
3,788
1
8,568.19
14
Gwyn Staley
3,550
0
5,158.19
15
Joe Eubanks
3,284
0
5,583.19
16
Joe Weatherly
3,084
0
5,250.46
17
Bill Amick
3,048
0
5,380.46
18
Jim Reed
2,890
0
5,076.46
19
Tiny Lund
2,754
0
2,810.46
20
Curtis Turner
2,580
1
14,540.46
21
Jack Smith
2,320
1
3,825.00
22
Billy Carden
2,108
0
2,175.00
23
Lloyd Dane
2,106
2
4,370.00
24
Frank Mundy
1,836
0
3,585.00
25
Bobby Johns
1,832
0
1,450.00
26
Blackie Pitt
1,760
0
1,545.00
27
Harold Hardesty
1,724
0
2,380.00
28
Al Watkins
1,710
0
1,185.00
29
Chuck Meekins
1,656
0
2,815.00
30
Harvey Henderson
1,638
0
1,310.00
31
Bill Champion
1,632
0
1,570.00
32
Eddie Pagan
1,598
1
4,095.00
33
Pat Kirkwood
1,540
0
2,025.00
34
Clyde Palmer
1,516
0
2,755.00
35
John Kieper
1,506
1
3,250.00
36
Johnny Dodson
1,488
0
1,350.00
37
Bill Blair
1,284
0
1,005.00
38
Junior Johnson
1,272
0
1,350.00
39
Ed Cole
1,200
0
950.00
40
Brownie King
1,140
0
925.00
41
Scotty Cain
1,124
0
1,235.00
42
Allen Adkins
1,104
0
1,465.00
43
Bobby Keck
1,076
0
950.00
44
Gordon Haines
1,066
0
1,500.00

Bob Keefe
1,066
0
1,040.00
46
Dick Beaty
1,036
0
910.00
47
Jim Blomgren
992
0
475.00
48
Ed Negre
952
0
1,255.00
49
Jimmy Massey
950
0
1,545.00
50
Fonty Flock
946
1
1,780.00

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