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1976 NASCAR Winston Cup Recap


1976 NASCAR Winston Cup Standings

Cale Yarborough broke out of a close points race with Benny Parsons at midseason to score his first NASCAR Winston Cup Grand National cham­pionship. Yarborough won nine races and finished 195 points in front of ­runner-up Richard Petty.

1976 NASCAR Winston Cup Grand National Champion Cale Yarborough
1976 NASCAR Winston Cup Champion Cale Yarborough

Yarborough took the points lead for keeps with a 26th-place finish at Talladega in August. Parsons finished 39th after his engine let go in the early laps. Petty passed Parsons in the points race in September and held on for the runner-up spot.

The points lead changed hands eight times among four drivers. Yarborough, Petty, Parsons, and David Pearson ­traded first place in a flurry during the early months of the season before it became strictly a three-way battle for top honors. David Pearson won 10 races in 22 starts, but finished ninth in the final standings because he ran a limited schedule.

For the full standings for the 1976 NASCAR Winston Cup Grand National season, see the chart below.

1976 NASCAR Winston Cup Standings

Rank
Driver Points Wins Earnings
1
Cale Yarborough 4,644 9 $453,404.40
2
Richard Petty
4,449 3 374,805.62
3
Benny Parsons
4,304 2
270,042.98
4
Bobby Allison
4,097 0 230,169.72
5
Lennie Pond
3,930 0 159,700.54
6
Dave Marcis
3,875 3
218,249.32
7
Buddy Baker
3,745 1
239,921.10
8
Darrell Waltrip
3,505 1
204,192.88
9
David Pearson
3,483 10
346,889.66
10
Dick Brooks
3,447 0
111,879.66
11
Richard Childress
3,428 0
85,779.66
12
J.D. McDuffie
3,400 0
82,239.66
13
James Hylton 3,380 0
78,704.66
14
D.K. Ulrich
3,280 0
69,434.66
15
Cecil Gordon
3,247 0
73,829.66
16
Frank Warren
3,240 0
67,731.44
17
David Sisco
2,994 0
62,621.44
18
Skip Manning
2,931 0
61,536.44
19
Ed Negre
2,709 0
50,918.22
20
Buddy Arrington
2,573 0
56,646.44
21
Terry Bivins
2,099 0
44,070.00
22
Bobby Wawak
2,062 0
31,415.00
23
Bruce Hill
1,995 0
43,705.00
24
Jimmy Means
1,752 0
20,945.00
25
Dick May
1,719 0
29,425.00
26
Walter Ballard
1,554 0
16,380.00
27
Henley Gray
1,425 0
15,090.00
28
Coo Coo Marlin
1,412 0
39,485.00
29
Gary Myers 1,296 0
11,430.00
30
Jackie Rogers
1,173 0
21,215.00
31
Grant Adcox
1,163 0
25,715.00
32
Neil Bonnett
1,130 0
31,800.00
33
Tommy Gale
1,005 0
18,955.00
34
Donnie Allison
988 1
48,455.00
35
Joe Mihalic
981 0
12,925.00
36
Elmo Langley
824 0
7,515.00
37
Travis Tiller
816 0
6,310.00
38
Sonny Easley
772 0
11,290.00
39
Joe Frasson
707 0
12,075.00
40
Jabe Thomas 648 0
6,160.00
41
Bill Elliott 635 0
11,635.00
42
Dean Dalton 633 0
7,245.00
43
Earle Canavan 610 0
6,035.00
44
Rick Newsom 607 0
5,520.00
45
Tighe Scott 566 0
15,520.00
46
Terry Ryan 558 0
24,940.00
47
Darrell Bryant 546 0
11,925.00
48
Buck Baker 513 0
12,655.00
49
Chuck Brown 481 0
5,480.00
50
Baxter Price 479 0
3,010.00

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