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1971 NASCAR Winston Cup Recap


1971 NASCAR Winston Cup Standings
Richard Petty won 21 races in 46 starts and breezed to his third NASCAR Winston Cup Grand National championship. The "Randle­man Rocket" assumed command of the points chase after the eighth race of the season at Hickory, N.C., in March and never trailed again. He finished 364 points ahead of runner-up James Hylton.

1971 NASCAR Winston Cup Grand National Champion Richard Petty
1971 NASCAR Winston Cup Champion Richard Petty

Hylton, Bobby Allison, Benny Parsons, and Bobby Isaac jockeyed the points lead in the early part of the season before Petty set sail. King Richard posted 38 top-five finishes in 46 starts to post a thoroughly dominating ­performance.

Allison, who joined the Holman-Moody team in May, won 11 races and finished fourth in the standings. He started 42 of the 48 races, but was never was able to challenge Petty for the points lead.

Only two drivers that finished in the top 10 in the points race were able to win races during the 1971 campaign. See the chart below for a full list of the standings for the year.

1971 NASCAR Winston Cup Standings

Rank
Driver Points Wins Earnings
1
Richard Petty
4,435 21 $351,071
2
James Hylton 4,071 0 90,282
3
Cecil Gordon 3,677 0
69,080
4
Bobby Allison 3,636 11 254,316
5
Elmo Langley 3,356 0
57,037
6
Jabe Thomas 3,200 0
48,241
7
Bill Champion 3,058 0
43,769
8
Frank Warren 2,886 0
40,072
9
J.D. McDuffie 2,862 0
35,578
10
Walter Ballard 2,633 0
30,974
11
Benny Parsons 2,611 1
55,896
12
Ed Negre 2,528 0
29,738
13
Bill Seifert 2,403 0
33,220
14
Henley Gray 2,392 0
31,789
15
Buddy Baker 2,358 1
115,150
16
Friday Hassler 2,277 0
37,305
17
Earl Brooks 2,205 0
25,360
18
Bill Dennis 2,181 0
29,420
19
Wendell Scott 2,180 0
21,701
20
John Sears 2,167 0
26,735
21
Dave Marcis 2,049 0
37,582
22
Neil Castles 2,036 0
22,939
23
Bobby Isaac 1,819 4
106,526
24
Pete Hamilton 1,739 1
60,440
25
Joe Frasson 1,619 0
20,975
26
Ben Arnold 1,618 0
18,491
27
Ron Keselowski 1,446 0
17,680
28
Bill Shirey 1,303 0
9,160
29
Donnie Allison
1,280 1
69,995
30
Dean Dalton 1,276 0
13,910
31
Raymond Williams 1,270 0
14,585
32
Dick May 1,090 0
9,225
33
Charlie Roberts 1,053 0
12,470
34
G.C. Spencer 1,008 0
11,470
35
Richard Brown 967 0
11,940
36
Dick Brooks 939 0
32,921
37
Larry Baumel 904 0
10,910
38
Maynard Troyer 879 0
13,115
39
Roy Mayne 852 0
10,330
40
Ken Meisenhelder
797 0
5,405
41
Tommy Gale
729 0
8,800
42
Charlie Glotzbach
699 1
38,605
43
Bill Hollar
644 0
4,275
44
Marv Acton
627 0
8,620
45
Fred Lorenzen
611 0
45,100
46
Richard Childress
601 0
3,855
47
Paul Tyler
561 0
6,360
48
Jim Vandiver
553 0
13,575
49
Coo Coo Marlin
527 0
9,085
50
Eddie Yarboro
497 0
3,685

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