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1964 NASCAR Grand National Recap


1964 NASCAR Grand National Standings
Richard Petty posted nine wins, including his first superspeedway victory in the Daytona 500, and ran away with the 1964 NASCAR Grand National championship. Petty finished a staggering 5,302 points ahead of runner-up Ned Jarrett, who won 15 races.

Petty took the points lead after the 25th race of the season with a runner-up finish in the World 600 at Charlotte. He continued to pad his lead during the balance of the 62-race season.

1964 NASCAR Grand National Champion Richard Petty
1964 NASCAR Grand National Champion Richard Petty

Two-time defending champion Joe Weatherly led the standings early in the season. He was the top points man entering the Riverside 500 in January (the 1964 season started in November 1963), but the beloved champion lost his life in a crash late in the event.

The points lead changed hands six times among four drivers in 1964. Marvin Panch led from late February through late May, but fell to 10th in the final tally.

David Pearson made his first concentrated effort for the championship and finished third with eight wins. Sopho­more Billy Wade came in fourth and Jimmy Pardue, who was fatally injured in September, still placed fifth in points. The following chart compiles the complete standings for 1966.

1964 NASCAR Grand National Standings

Rank
Driver Points Wins Earnings
1
Richard Petty
40,252
9
$114,771.45
2
Ned Jarrett
34,950
15
71,924.05
3
David Pearson
32,146
8
45,541.65
4
Billy Wade 28,474 12 36,094.58
5
Jimmy Pardue
26,570
0
41,597.18
6
Curtis Crider
25,606
0
22,170.46
7
Jim Paschal
25,450
1
60,115.68
8
Larry Thomas
22,959
0
21,225.64
9
Buck Baker
22,366
2
43,780.88
10
Marvin Panch
21,480
3
34,835.88
11
Darel Dieringer
19,972
1
20,684.23
12
Wendell Scott
19,574
1
16,494.23
13
Fred Lorenzen
18,098
8
73,859.23
14
Junior Johnson
17,066
3
26,974.23
15
LeeRoy Yarbrough
16,172
2
16,629.23
16
Roy Tyner
13,922
0
11,487.82
17
Neil Castles
13,372
0
14,317.82
18
Bobby Isaac
13,252
1
26,732.82
19
Cale Yarborough
12,618
0
10,377.82
20
Tiny Lund
12,598
0
9,912.82
21
Doug Cooper
11,942
0
10,445.00
22
Paul Goldsmith
11,700
0
20,835.00
23
J.T. Putney
10,744
0
7,295.00
24
Larry Frank
10,314
0
7,830.00
25
Jack Anderson
10,040
0
8,510.00
26
G.C. Spencer
10,012
0
9,490.00
27
Fireball Roberts
9,900
1
28,345.00
28
Rex White
8,222
0
12,310.00
29
Dave McDonald
7,650
0
9,195.00
30
Worth McMillion
7,586
0
4,700.00
31
Buddy Baker
7,314
0
8,460.00
32
Bunkie Blackburn
7,264
0
6,630.00
33
Bill McMahon
7,240
0
7,205.00
34
Buddy Arrington
6,364
0
4,715.00
35
Earl Balmer
6,170
0
5,795.00
36
Bob Derrington
5,896
0
2,755.00
37
Bobby Johns
5,436
0
5,700.00
38
E.J. Trivette
5,118
0
5,495.00
39
Doug Moore
4,970
0
5,175.00
40
Kenny Spikes
4,934
0
3,100.00
41
Earl Brooks
4,820
0
3,925.00
42
Elmo Langley
4,400
0
3,905.00
43
Roy Mayne
4,278
0
4,705.00
44
Gene Hobby
4,054
0
2,795.00
45
Doug Yates
3,778
0
3,290.00
46
Ralph Earnhardt
3,720
0
3,290.00
47
Bob Cooper
3,602
0
3,360.00
48
Joe Weatherly
3,132
0
5,290.00
49
Sam McQuagg
2,928
0
1,700.00
50
Bobby Keck
2,754
0
2,850.00

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