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1966 NASCAR Grand National Recap


1966 NASCAR Grand National Standings

David Pearson took the lead in the 1966 NASCAR Grand National points standings in the second event of the season and sprinted to an easy win over rookie James Hylton. Pearson ­finished 1950 points ahead of Hylton in the final tally.

Hylton's runner-up effort marked the second straight season a rookie driver finished second in the NASCAR Grand National points race.

1966 nascar grand national champion david pearson
1966 NASCAR Grand National Champion David Pearson

Pearson, driving Cotton Owens' Dodge, scored 15 victories during the season. Hylton failed to post any wins, but was able to finish 32 of his 41 starts in the top 10. Pearson survived one close call during the championship chase. His car was ruled out of the 400-miler at Atlanta in August when NASCAR officials determined it didn't conform to specifications. Despite ­sitting out of the race, Pearson had enough cushion in the points to ­maintain his lead. The following chart compiles the complete standings for 1966.

1966 NASCAR Grand National Standings

Rank
Driver Points Wins Earnings
1
David Pearson
35,638
15
$78,193.60
2
James Hylton
33,688
0
38,722.10
3
Richard Petty
22,952
8
85,465.11
4
Henley Grey
22,468
0
21,900.96
5
Paul Goldsmith
22,078
3
54,608.53
6
Wendell Scott
21,702
0
23,051.62
7
John Sears
21,432
0
25,191.35
8
J.T. Putney
21,208
0
18,652.72
9
Neil Castles
20,446
0
19,034.09
10
Bobby Allison
19,910
3
23,419.09
11
Elmo Langley
19,116
2
22,454.69
12
Darel Dieringer
18,214
3
52,529.09
13
Ned Jarrett
17,616
0
23,254.09
14
Jim Paschal
16,404
2
30,984.09
15
Sam McQuagg
16,068
1
29,529.09
16
Paul Lewis
15,352
1
17,826.06
17
Marvin Panch
15,308
1
38,431.06
18
Cale Yarborough
15,188
0
24,076.06
19
G.C. Spencer
15,028
0
26,721.06
20
Clyde Lynn
14,856
0
13,221.06
21
Buck Baker
14,505
0
13,860.00
22
Buddy Baker
14,302
0
21,325.00
23
Fred Lorenzen
12,454
2
36,310.00
24
Curtis Turner
12,266
0
16,890.00
25
Roy Mayne
11,074
0
9,940.00
26
LeeRoy Yarbrough
10,528
1
23,925.00
27
J.D. McDuffie
9,572
0
8,545.00
28
Dick Hutcherson
9,392
3
22,985.00
29
Tiny Lund
9,332
1
11,880.00
30
Blackie Watt
8,518
0
7,000.00
31
Frank Warren
8,334
0
6,740.00
32
Buddy Arrington
7,636
0
8,510.00
33
Wayne Smith
7,442
0
9,835.00
34
Jimmy Helms
6,530
0
5,815.00
35
Stick Elliot
6,358
0
7,335.00
36
Earl Balmer
5,794
1
7,935.00
37
Tom Pistone
5,788
0
7,765.00
38
Johnny Jack Wynn
5,644
0
4,650.00
39
Larry Manning
4,964
0
3,920.00
40
Larry Hess
4,938
0
5,290.00
41
Roy Tyner
4,248
0
4,435.00
42
Hank Thomas
4,180
0
3,530.00
43
Bill Seifert
4,128
0
3,830.00
44
Bob Derrington
4,122
0
2,730.00
45
Joel Davis
4,066
0
4,685.00
46
Paul Connors
3,986
0
2,820.00
47
Jabe Thomas
3,820
0
3,580.00
48
Doug Cooper
3,808
0
5,185.00
49
Junior Johnson
3,750
0
3,610.00
50
Larry Frank
3,738
0
1,575.00

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