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1974 NASCAR Winston Cup Recap


1974 NASCAR Winston Cup Standings
NASCAR drastically changed its points system for the 1974 season, and it proved to be the most confusing method ever used. Fractions of points were multiplied and remultiplied after each race. The concept was to award points in direct relation to money won.

1974 NASCAR Winston Cup Grand National Champion Richard Petty
1974 NASCAR Winston Cup Champion Richard Petty

Under the peculiar system, the 1-2 finishers in the rich Daytona 500 were virtually assured of a 1-2 finish in the final standings. Richard Petty and Cale Yarborough finished first and second at Daytona and ranked 1-2 in the final standings. All drama for the points chase ended in February. Petty and Yarborough had their Daytona points added to their point total after each event, making it virtually impossible for anyone to overtake them.

In the Darlington Southern 500, Petty crashed early and placed 35th, yet still had more points added to his total than Darrell Waltrip, who finished second.

Petty accumulated 5,037.75 points, compared to Yarborough's runner-up total of 4,470.30. David Pearson finished third with 2,389.25 points. Thankfully, the ­system was changed after only one year. See the chart below to find the year's other standings.

1974 NASCAR Winston Cup Standings

Rank
Driver Points Wins Earnings
1
Richard Petty 5,037.75 10 $432,019.00
2
Cale Yarborough
4,470.30 10 363,781.10
3
David Pearson
2,389.25 7
252,818.92
4
Bobby Allison
2,019.19 2 178,436.90
5
Benny Parsons
1,591.50 0 185,079.72
6
Dave Marcis
1,378.20 0
83,376.01
7
Buddy Baker
1,016.88 0
151,024.62
8
Earl Ross
1,009.47 1
81,198.50
9
Cecil Gordon
1,000.65 0
66,165.32
10
David Sisco
956.20 0
58,312.32
11
James Hylton
924.95 0
61,384.32
12
J.D. McDuffie
920.85 0
59,534.32
13
Bill Champion 820.84 0 0
55,778.66
14
Frank Warren
775.44 0
52,712.32
15
Walter Ballard
748.44 0
54,038.32
16
Richard Childress
735.44 0
50,248.30
17
Donnie Allison
728.80 0
60,314.30
18
Lennie Pond
723.25 0
55,989.30
19
Darrell Waltrip
609.97 0
67,774.30
20
Tony Bettenhausen
601.69 0
38,994.30
21
Jackie Rogers
587.88 0
32,367.00
22
Coo Coo Marlin
581.67 0
41,759.00
23
Ed Negre
534.30 0
24,622.00
24
Bob Burcham
445.50 0
27,923.00
25
Elmo Langley
433.78 0
24,722.00
26
Charlie Glotzbach
293.09 0
33,072.00
27
Dick Brooks
267.52 0
22,760.00
28
Joe Frasson
240.80 0
22,629.00
29
George Follmer 230.49 0
53,780.00
30
Buddy Arrington
221.20 0
21,510.00
31
Bill Champion
207.72 0
13,480.00
32
D.K. Ulrich
155.32 0
11,955.00
33
Bobby Isaac
152.95 0
23,442.00
34
Travis Tiller
146.44 0
11,410.00
35
Roy Mayne
141.72 0
15,284.00
36
Ben Arnold
125.44 0
12,375.00
37
Neil Castles
123.56 0
12,479.00
38
G.C. Spencer
96.80 0
12,985.00
39
Ramo Stott
82.95 0
23,705.00
40
Jim Vandiver 71.40 0
15,909.00
41
Dan Daugherty 63.04 0
12,413.00
42
Jabe Thomas 49.14 0
7,445.00
43
Gary Bettenhausen 49.00 0
10,350.00
44
A.J. Foyt 41.22 0
15,560.00
45
Jerry Schild 35.37 0
8,395.00
46
Earle Canavan 34.92 0
6,570.00
47
Dick Trickle 24.78 0
10,828.00
48
Marty Robbins 23.78 0
5,734.00
49
Alton Jones 20.40 0
4,080.00
50
Herschel McGriff 20.34 0
8,585.00

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