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1972 NASCAR Winston Cup Recap


1972 NASCAR Winston Cup Standings
Richard Petty drove his Plymouths and Dodges to a record-setting fourth NASCAR Winston Cup Grand National championship, leading the points standings most of the season.

1972 NASCAR Winston Cup Grand National Champion Richard Petty
1972 NASCAR Winston Cup Champion Richard Petty

A new points system was introduced, which awarded points per lap completed. This system prevented Petty from taking the points lead until the 11th race of the season at Talladega. Petty had finished higher than James Hylton in nine of the first 10 races, including victories in four events, but Hylton maintained the points lead due to more laps completed. When Hylton was involved in a crash at Talladega, Petty claimed the lead, which he held for the balance of the season.

Petty won eight races and finished 127.9 points in front of runner-up Bobby Allison, who won 10 events. Hylton scored the first superspeedway victory of his career and finished third in the final standings.

Petty, Hylton, and Allison swapped the points lead six times during the season. For a full listing of the season's standings, see the chart below.

1972 NASCAR Winston Cup Standings

Rank
Driver Points Wins Earnings
1
Richard Petty 8,701.40 8 $339,405
2
Bobby Allison
8,573.50 10 348,939
3
James Hylton
8,158.70 1
126,705
4
Cecil Gordon
7,326.05 0 73,126
5
Benny Parsons
6,844.15 0
102,043
6
Walter Ballard
6,781.45 0
59,745
7
Elmo Langley
6,656.25 0
59,644
8
John Sears
6,298.50 0
51,314
9
Dean Dalton
6,295.05 0
42,299
10
Ben Arnold
6,179 0
44,547
11
Frank Warren
5,788.60 0
45,048
12
Jabe Thomas
5,772.55 0
43,438
13
Bill Champion
5,740.70 0
42,242
14
Raymond Williams
5,712.65 0
37,000
15
Dave Marcis
5,459.65 0
45,012
16
Charlie Roberts
5,354.45 0
32,488
17
Henley Gray
5,093.65 0
38,461
18
J.D. McDuffie
5,075.85 0
36,833
19
Bobby Isaac
5,050.85 1
133,257
20
David Pearson
4,718 6
141,849
21
Ed Negre
4,696.90 0
30,538
22
Buddy Arrington
4,555.90 0
28,700
23
Larry Smith
4,173.70 0
24,215
24
Buddy Baker
3,936.70 2
102,540
25
Coo Coo Marlin
3,852.90 0
28,124
26
David Ray Boggs
3,739 0
19,489
27
Ron Keselowski
3,475.60 0
21,905
28
Joe Frasson
3,152.80 0
21,570
29
Richard Brown 2,939 0
19,283
30
Neil Castles
2,789.60 0
18,760
31
Jim Vandiver
2,524.35 0
27,983
32
Clarence Lovell
2,360.30 0
10,770
33
David Sisco
2,310.75 0
13,700
34
LeeRoy Yarbrough
2,157.50 0
40,705
35
George Altheide
1,916.75 0
10,405
36
Donnie Allison
1,849.15 0
16,826
37
Richard Childress
1,521.25 0
7,245
38
Bill Shirey
1,468.50 0
8,070
39
Fred Lorenzen
1,333.55 0
19,505
40
Wendell Scott 1,317.50 0
5,830
41
Tommy Gale 1,298 0
7,197
42
Bill Dennis 1,279.25 0
9,604
43
Pete Hamilton 1,238.25 0
8,040
44
Dick May 1,229.25 0
5,370
45
Hershel McGriff 1,199.75 0
12,290
46
Les Covey 1,128 0
5,070
47
Johnny Halford 1,103.75 0
4,955
48
Pete Hamilton 1,083.25 0
8,005
49
Dick Brooks 1,023.50 0
14,146
50
Eddie Yarboro 1,007.65 0
3,435

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