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1962 NASCAR Grand National Recap


1962 NASCAR Grand National Standings

1962 NASCAR Grand National Champion Joe Weatherly.
1962 NASCAR Grand National Champion Joe Weatherly

Joe Weatherly, in his second year ­driving Bud Moore's Pontiacs, won the 1962 NASCAR Grand National championship. Weatherly won nine races and posted 31 top-three finishes in 52 starts in his impressive drive to the title.

Weatherly took the points lead follow­­ing a runner-up finish in Charlotte's World 600 and sprinted to a 2,396-point margin over Richard Petty. The Norfolk, Va., veteran won eight races on short tracks and one at Daytona in a 100-mile qualifying race. He only finished out of the top 10 in seven of his 52 starts.

The points lead swapped hands five times among three different drivers. Weatherly held the lead most of the way, relinquishing it briefly to Jack Smith for two races in May.

Petty won eight races, including three in a row, but was no match for Weatherly in the points race. Six-time winner Ned Jarrett placed third in the standings, Jack Smith finished fourth, and Rex White came in sixth. The following chart compiles the complete standings for 1962.

1962 NASCAR Grand National Standings

Rank
Driver Points Wins Earnings
1
Joe Weatherly
30,836
9
$70,742.10
2
Richard Petty
28,440 8
60,763.30
3
Ned Jarrett
25,336
6
43,443.12
4
Jack Smith
22,870
5
34,747.74
5
Rex White
19,424
8
36,245.36
6
Jim Paschal
18,128
4
27,347.88
7
Fred Lorenzen
17,554
2
46,100.00
8
Fireball Roberts
16,380
3
66,151.22
9
Marvin Panch
15,138
0
26,745.84
10
David Pearson
14,404
0
19,031.44
11
Herman Beam
13,650
0
12,570.94
12
Curtis Crider
13,050
0
12,015.94
13
Buck Baker
12,838
1
12,786.44
14
Larry Frank
12,814
0
32,986.44
15
Bob Welborn
12,368
0
10,346.44
16
George Green
12,132
0
9,220.96
17
Larry Thomas
11,946
0
9,485.96
18
Thomas Cox
11,688
0
10,180.96
19
Jimmy Pardue
11,414
1
12,065.96
20
Junior Johnson
11,140
1
34,840.96
21
Nelson Stacy
10,934
3
43,080.00
22
Wendell Scott
9,906
0
7,133.00
23
Buddy Baker
9,828
0
7,578.00
24
G.C. Spencer
9,788
0
7,995.00
25
Bunkie Blackburn
8,016
0
5,890.00
26
Johnny Allen
7,602
1
7,230.00
27
Emanuel Zervakis
6,406
0
4,545.00
28
Bobby Johns
5,670
1
15,863.00
29
Ralph Earnhardt
5,472
0
4,545.00
30
Cotton Owens
4,984
1
5,905.00
31
Banjo Matthews
4,956
0
11,375.00
32
Sherman Utsman
4,896
0
3,580.00
33
Darel Dieringer
4,548
0
4,880.00
34
Tiny Lund
4,384
0
2,880.00
35
Stick Elliott
4,254
0
3,928.00
36
LeeRoy Yarbrough
4,240
0
3,285.00
37
Tommy Irwin
3,980
0
3,305.00
38
Ed Livingston
3,604
0
2,940.00
39
Fred Harb
3,430
0
2,220.00
40
Elmo Langley
2,556
0
1,795.00
41
Bill Morton
2,522
0
1,350.00
42
Speedy Thompson
2,522
0
1,400.00
43
Jimmy Thompson
2,346
0
1,650.00
44
Red Foote
2,274
0
1,600.00
45
Ernie Gahan
2,092
0
725.00
46
Bill Wade
2,008
0
1,350.00
47
Jim Cushman
1,954
0
850.00
48
Bill Wimble
1,944
0
675.00
49
Troy Ruttman
1,890
0
1,750.00
50
Cale Yarborough
1,884
0
2,725.00

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