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1959 NASCAR Grand National Recap


1959 NASCAR Grand National Standings

1959 NASCAR Grand National Champion Lee Petty.
1959 NASCAR Grand National Champion Lee Petty

Lee Petty became the first three-time winner of the NASCAR Grand National championship by dominating the 1959 season. Petty's victory in the inaugural Daytona 500 pushed him atop the standings, a perch he never relinquished. On the strength of 11 ­victories in 42 starts, Petty finished 1,830 points ahead of Cotton Owens in the final tally.

The 45-year-old Petty won major events at Daytona, North Wilkesboro, Martinsville, Atlanta, and Hillsboro along the way to his third title. His 11 race wins more than doubled that of any other driver during the season.

Bob Welborn won the opening two events on the schedule and led the early standings, but the veteran out of Greensboro, N.C., concentrated more heavily on NASCAR's convertible circuit. Welborn competed in 28 NASCAR Grand National races and wound up 17th in the points standings.

Petty established an all-time NASCAR record by leading the points standings after 92 of the 95 races in 1958 and 1959. The following chart compiles the complete standings for 1959.

1959 NASCAR Grand National Standings

Rank
Driver Points Wins Earnings
1
Lee Petty
11,792
11
$49,219.15
2
Cotton Owens
9,962
1
14,639.35
3
Speedy Thompson
7,684
0
6,815.63
4
Herman Beam
7,396
0
6,379.48
5
Buck Baker
7,170
1
11,060.04
6
Tom Pistone
7,050
2
12,724.43
7
L.D. Austin
6,519
0
4,670.35
8
Jack Smith
6,150
4
13,289.38
9
Jim Reed
5,744
3
23,533.58
10
Rex White
5,526
5
12,359.85
11
Junior Johnson
4,864
5
9,674.67
12
Shep Langdon
4,768
0
3,525.21
13
G. C. Spencer
4,260
0
3,700.21
14
Tommy Irwin
3,876
0
9,189.21
15
Richard Petty
3,694
0
8,110.21
16
Fireball Roberts
3,676
1
10,660.14
17
Bob Welborn
3,588
3
6,490.14
18
Joe Weatherly
3,404
0
9,815.14
19
Bobby Johns
2,732
0
5,950.14
20
Tiny Lund
2,634
0
4,940.14
21
Bob Burdick
2,392
0
10,050.00
22
Larry Frank
2,256
0
5,993.00
23
Bobby Keck
2,186
0
1,270.00
24
Curtis Turner
2,088
2
3,845.00
25
Jim Paschal
1,792
0
2,980.00
26
Buddy Baker
1,692
0
1,705.00
27
Shorty Rollins
1,600
0
1,500.00
28
Elmo Langley
1,568
0
2,286.00
29
Jimmy Thompson
1,528
0
1,580.00
30
Brownie King
1,480
0
1,875.00
31
Tim Flock
1,464
0
850.00
32
Joe Eubanks
1,432
0
2,000.00
33
Roy Tyner
1,416
0
5,425.00
34
Charlie Cregar
1,408
0
550.00
35
Dick Freeman
1,352
0
475.00
36
Raul Cilloniz
1,272
0
550.00
37
Ned Jarrett
1,248
2
3,860.00
38
Dave White
1,228
0
660.00
39
Dick Joslin
1,224
0
485.00
40
Tommy Thompson
1,168
0
510.00
41
Harvey Hege
1,152
0
955.00
42
Eduardo Dibos
1,128
0
1,050.00
43
Bill Champion
1,120
0
500.00
44
Joe Caspolich
1,040
0
470.00
45Jim Austin
1,016
0
440.00
46
Marvin Porter
984
0
1,940.00
47
Jim McGuirk
928
0
325.00
48
Harlan Richardson
924
0
1,120.00
49
Al White
872
0
575.00
50
Richard Riley
760
0
910.00

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