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1968 NASCAR Grand National Recap


1968 NASCAR Grand National Standings
David Pearson and Bobby Isaac engaged in a ferocious duel for the 1968 NASCAR championship before Pearson pulled away in the closing months. It was Pearson's second NASCAR Grand National title.

1968 NASCAR Grand National Champion David Pearson
1968 NASCAR Grand National Champion David Pearson

Pearson won 16 races en route to the championship while Isaac won three times. Pearson took the lead from Isaac in the points race after a victory in the Aug. 8 event at Columbia, S.C. The driver of the Holman-Moody Ford ­survived two disqualifications, but still won the title by 126 points.

NASCAR instituted a new points system for 1968, with 150 points available to the winner in races of 400 miles or more, 100 points for major short-track events, and 50 points for small short-track races.

Richard Petty, who tied Pearson with the most wins at 16, finished a distant third in the standings. Clyde Lynn, who only posted a pair of top-five ­finishes, came home fourth. John Sears, with five top-five finishes, rounded out the season's top five. To see the rest of the season's statistics, see the chart below.

1968 NASCAR Grand National Standings

Rank
Driver Points Wins Earnings
1
David Pearson 3,499 16 $133,064.75
2
Bobby Isaac
3,373 3
60,341.50
3
Richard Petty
3,123 16
99,534.60
4
Clyde Lynn
3,041 0 29,225.55
5
John Sears
3,017 0
29,178.75
6
Elmo Langley
2,823 0
25,831.85
7
James Hylton
2,719 0
32,607.50
8
Jabe Thomas
2,687 0
21,165.70
9
Wendell Scott
2,685 0
20,497.20
10
Roy Tyner
2,504 0
20,246.95
11
Bobby Allison
2,454 2
52,287.95
12
Neil Castles
2,330 0
19,506.35
13
Buddy Baker
2,310 1
56,022.95
14
Bill Seifert
2,175 0
18,402.95
15
Earl Brooks
1,957 0
14,232.95
16
LeeRoy Yarbrough
1,894 2
87,919.30
17
Cale Yarborough
1,804 6
138,051.30
18
Paul Dean Holt
1,723 0
8,985.30
19
Charlie Glotzbach
1,693 1
43,100.30
20
Henley Gray
1,559 0
12,565.30
21
Darel Dieringer
1,525 0
28,215.00
22
Tiny Lund
1,443 0
17,775.00
23
G.C. Spencer
1,401 0
10,120.00
24
J.D. McDuffie
1,370 0
8,335.00
25
Donnie Allison
1,307 1
50,815.00
26
Stan Meserve
1,274 0
7,475.00
27
Friday Hassler
1,224 0
12,000.00
28
Bill Champion
1,155 0
10,170.00
29
Paul "Bud" Moore 1,086 0
12,325.00
30
Paul Goldsmith
1,020 0
24,365.00
31
Ed Negre
928 0
4,985.00
32
Pete Hamilton
919 0
7,920.00
33
Wayne Smith
901 0
7,235.00
34
Dave Marcis
851 0
7,099.00
35
Dr. Don Tarr
827 0
7,510.00
36
E.J. Trivette
821 0
8,295.00
37
Dick Johnson
735 0
5,920.00
38
Bob Cooper
668 0
4,485.00
39
Buck Baker
650 0
3,580.00
40
Walson Gardner 640 0
4,275.00
41
Larry Manning 640 0
6,995.00
42
Frank Warren 611 0
5,365.00
43
Jerry Grant 559 0
5,665.00
44
Harold Fagan 531 0
3,680.00
45
Richard Brickhouse 514 0
7,190.00
46
Jim Hurtubise 504 0
4,490.00
47
Curtis Turner 456 0
5,850.00
48
Bobby Johns 453 0
5,010.00
49
Eddie Yarboro 447 0
2,255.00
50
Red Farmer 407 0
4,810.00

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