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1961 NASCAR Grand National Recap


1961 NASCAR Grand National Standings

1961 NASCAR Grand National Champion Ned Jarrett.
1961 NASCAR Grand National Champion Ned Jarrett

Ned Jarrett won only one race during the 1961 season, a 100-miler at Birmingham in June, but it was good enough to walk away with the NASCAR Grand National championship.

Jarrett and 1960 champion Rex White engaged in a tight duel throughout the summer for top honors. Jarrett took the points lead after the 34th race of the season at Columbia, S.C., and led the rest of the way. Jarrett finished 830 points ahead of White at the conclusion of the 52-race season.

White won seven races and logged 38 top-10 finishes in 47 starts, while Jarrett had 34 top-10 finishes in 46 starts. The points lead changed hands seven times among five drivers during the season.

Emanuel Zervakis placed third in the final standings. Nine-time winner Joe Weatherly was fourth, and two-time winner Fireball Roberts finished fifth. Junior Johnson, who posted seven wins in 40 starts, came in sixth in the final tally. The following chart compiles the complete standings for 1961.

1961 NASCAR Grand National Standings

Rank
Driver Points Wins Earnings
1
Ned Jarrett
27,272
1
$41,055.90
2
Rex White
26,442 7
56,394.60
3
Emanuel Zervakis
22,312
2
27,280.65
4
Joe Weatherly
17,894
9
47,078.36
5
Fireball Roberts
17,600
2
50,266.09
6
Junior Johnson
17,178
7
28,540.44
7
Jack Smith
15,186
2
21,409.81
8
Richard Petty
14,984
2
25,238.52
9
Jim Paschal
13,922
2
18,099.91
10
Buck Baker
13,746
1
13,696.91
11
Jimmy Pardue
13,408
0
10,561.91
12
Johnny Allen
13,114
0
13,126.91
13
David Pearson
13,088
3
51,910.21
14
Bob Welborn
12,570
0
13,486.91
15
Herman Beam
11,382
0
9,391.91
16
Nelson Stacy
10,436
1
27,607.94
17
Ralph Earnhardt
10,182
0
11,472.94
18
Marvin Panch
9,392
1
30,477.94
19
Fred Lorenzen
9,316
3
30,394.94
20
G.C. Spencer
9,128
0
7,362.94
21
Curtis Crider
8,414
0
7,420.00
22
Cotton Owens
8,032
4
11,560.00
23
Tiny Lund
7,740
0
5,545.00
24
Bobby Johns
7,590
0
5,010.00
25
L.D. Austin
7,306
0
4,530.00
26
Tommy Irwin
7,300
0
7,170.00
27
Doug Yates
5,878
0
1,090.00
28
Paul Lewis
5,712
0
4,095.00
29
Bob Barron
5,412
0
3,725.00
30
Elmo Langley
5,376
0
3,530.00
31
Banjo Matthews
4,924
0
5,560.00
32
Wendell Scott
4,726
0
3,240.00
33
Jim Reed
4,705
0
3,350.00
34
Fred Harb
4,526
0
3,460.00
35
Darel Dieringer
4,416
0
3,150.00
36
Bob Burdick
4,382
0
18,750.00
37
Lee Reitzel
4,380
1
2,910.00
38
Tom Pistone
3,766
0
1,050.00
39
Buddy Baker
3,668
0
4,965.00
40
Roscoe Thompson
3,602
0
2,535.00
41
Woodie Wilson
3,580
0
2,625.00
42
Larry Frank
3,162
0
2,380.00
43
Larry Thomas
3,140
0
2,015.00
44
Harry Leake
3,092
0
2,000.00
45
Paul Goldsmith
2,930
0
6,050.00
46
Joe Lee Johnson
2,700
0
2,615.00
47
Bill Morgan
2,430
0
1,900.00
48
T.C. Hunt
2,430
0
2,750.00
49
Marvin Porter
2,326
0
2,070.00
50
Joe Eubanks
2,320
0
1,475.00

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