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1973 NASCAR Winston Cup Recap


1973 NASCAR Winston Cup Standings
Benny Parsons, driving the unsponsored L.G. DeWitt Chevrolet, pulled a major upset by winning the 1973 NASCAR Winston Cup Grand National championship despite only winning one race.

1973 NASCAR Winston Cup Grand National Champion Benny Parsons
1973 NASCAR Winston Cup Champion Benny Parsons

Parsons took the points lead with a third-place finish at Talladega in early May and never gave up the lead. He held off a late rally by Cale Yarborough to win by only 67.15 points.

Under NASCAR's points system, in which points per lap completed were factored in, Parsons was unaware of what position he would have to finish in at the finale at Rockingham to seal the championship. Parsons crashed early, but his team was able to make miraculous repairs to get him back into the race. He completed enough laps to wrap up the 1973 title.

Five drivers had a mathematical chance to win the championship ­entering the final event of the 28-race season. Winless drivers Cecil Gordon and James Hylton finished third and fourth, while six-time winner Richard Petty placed fifth in the final ­standings. For the full standings of the season, see the chart below.

1973 NASCAR Winston Cup Standings

Rank
Driver Points Wins Earnings
1
Benny Parsons
7,173 1 $182,321
2
Cale Yarborough 7,106 4 267,513
3
Cecil Gordon 7,046 0
102,120
4
James Hylton 6,972 0 82,512
5
Richard Petty 6,877 6 234,389
6
Bobby Baker 6,327 2
190,531
7
Bobby Allison 6,272 2
161,818
8
Walter Ballard 5,955 0
53,875
9
Elmo Langley 5,826 0
49,542
10
J.D. McDuffie 5,743 0
56,140
11
Jabe Thomas 5,637 0
42,955
12
Buddy Arrington 5,483 0
40,877
13
David Pearson 5,382 11
228,408
14
Henley Gray 5,215 0
34,122
15
Richard Childress 5,169 0
37,880
16
Frank Warren 4,992 0
36,551
17
David Sisco 4,986 0
36,205
18
Ed Negre 4,942 0
34,235
19
Dean Dalton 4,712 0
35,954
20
Charlie Roberts 4,695 0
32,144
21
Bill Champion 4,447 0
31,828
22
Coo Coo Marlin 4,233 0
29,997
23
Lennie Pond 4,013 0
25,155
24
Dave Marcis 3,973 0
30,253
25
Raymond Williams 3,708 0
22,728
26
Bobby Isaac 3,352 0
84,550
27
Dick Brooks 3,200 1
55,369
28
Darrell Waltrip 2,968 0
42,466
29
Joe Frasson
2,952 0
25,884
30
Vic Parsons 2,929 0
18,200
31
Jim Vandiver 2,508 0
18,586
32
John Sears 2,465 0
16,890
33
Larry Smith 2,367 0
14,090
34
Rick Newsom 1,931 0
8,530
35
Donnie Allison 1,755 0
41,246
36
D.K. Ulrich 1,543 0
3,955
37
G.C. Spencer 1,503 0
12,013
38
Mel Larson 1,182 0
8,235
39
Johnny Barnes 1,174 0
8,585
40
Eddie Bond
1,163 0
6,901
41
Earle Canavan
1,144 0
4,980
42
Earl Brooks
1,075 0
4,880
43
Charlie Glotzbach
903 0
6,451
44
Randy Tissot
887 0
4,245
45
Ron Keselowski
879 0
6,060
46
Jimmy Crawford
846 0
4,059
47
Richard Brown
827 0
7,340
48
Clarence Lovell
813 0
9,175
49
Bill Dennis
809 0
4,225
50
Jim McCoy
793 0
5,270

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