1963 NASCAR Grand National Standings

1963 NASCAR Grand National Champion Joe Weatherly.
1963 NASCAR Grand National Champion Joe Weatherly

Joe Weatherly authored the most unlikely championship run in NASCAR history in 1963, driving for nine different team owners. Weatherly's primary team, owned by Bud Moore, only entered selected major events, leaving Weatherly without a ride for most of the short-track races. Weatherly showed up at each track and borrowed a car in an effort to accumulate points.

Weatherly won three races in the campaign and finished 2,228 points ahead of 14-time winner Richard Petty. He took the lead in the standings for keeps following a fourth-place finish in the Charlotte World 600.

Weatherly's high finishes in superspeedway races were major factors in his championship run. Under NASCAR's points system, more points were available in high-dollar events. Weatherly averaged an eighth-place finish in the 10 races on large tracks while Petty averaged a 17th-place finish.

Fred Lorenzen, the first driver to win over $100,000 in a single season, finished third in points despite ­missing 26 of the year's 55 races. The following chart compiles the complete standings for 1963.

1963 NASCAR Grand National Standings

Rank
Driver Points Wins Earnings
1
Joe Weatherly
33,398
3
$74,623.76
2
Richard Petty
31,170 14
55,964.00
3
Fred Lorenzen
29,684
6
122,587.28
4
Ned Jarrett
27,214
8
45,843.29
5
Fireball Roberts
22,642
4
73,059.30
6
Jimmy Pardue
22,228
1
20,358.34
7
Darel Dieringer
21,418
1
29,724.50
8
David Pearson
21,156
0
24,985.66
9
Rex White
20,976
0
27,240.76
10
Tiny Lund
19,624
1
49,396.36
11
Buck Baker
18,114
1
18,615.61
12
Junior Johnson
17,720
7
67,350.61
13
Marvin Panch
17,156
1
39,101.61
14
Nelson Stacy
14,974
0
18,265.61
15
Wendell Scott
14,814
0
10,965.61
16
Billy Wade
14,646
0
15,203.74
17
Curtis Crider
13,996
0
11,643.74
18
G.C. Spencer
13,744
0
13,513.74
19
Jim Paschal
13,456
5
20,978.74
20
Bobby Isaac
12,858
0
9,528.74
21
Bobby Johns
12,652
0
15,915.00
22
Larry Thomas
11,010
0
8,945.00
23
Stick Elliott
9,582
0
6,235.00
24
Jack Smith
8,218
0
8,645.00
25
Cale Yarborough
8,062
0
5,550.00
26
LeeRoy Yarbrough
7,872
0
6,680.00
27
Herman Beam
7,742
0
5,255.00
28
Larry Frank
7,582
0
5,450.00
29
Larry Manning
6,952
0
5,405.00
30
Ed Livingston
6,818
0
4,930.00
31
Neil Castles
5,928
0
5,165.00
32
Tommy Irwin
5,176
0
2,655.00
33
Reb Wickersham
4,812
0
3,800.00
34
Worth McMillion
4,614
0
3,145.00
35
Bob James
4,316
0
3,375.00
36
Roy Mayne
4,188
0
3,490.00
37
Bob Cooper
4,164
0
3,115.00
38
Jimmy Masset
4,016
0
2,870.00
39
Elmo Langley
3,982
0
2,170.00
40
Bob Welborn
3,484
0
4,830.00
41
Fred Harb
3,286
0
2,720.00
42
Dave MacDonald
2,944
0
5,330.00
43
Major Melton
2,806
0
1,910.00
44
Sal Tovella
2,570
0
1,300.00
45
Ron Hornaday
2,520
0
1,600.00
46
J.D. McDuffie
2,498
0
1,620.00
47
Bob Perry
2,478
0
1,550.00
48
Bunkie Blackburn
2,454
0
2,525.00
49
Bill Foster
2,168
0
1,410.00
50
Bud Harless
2,156
0
1,550.00

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