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1978 NASCAR Winston Cup Recap


1978 NASCAR Winston Cup Standings

Cale Yarborough motored to his record-setting third consecutive NASCAR Winston Cup championship with another season-long sparkling effort. Yarborough's Junior Johnson team won 10 races and finished a comfortable 474 points ahead of runner-up Bobby Allison. Yarborough clinched the 1978 title at Rockingham in October.

1978 NASCAR Winston Cup Champion Cale Yarborough
1978 NASCAR Winston Cup Champion Cale Yarborough

Benny Parsons led the points standings after eight races from March through June, but Yarborough grabbed the lead with a victory at Nashville and never gave it up. Yarborough scored 23 top-five finishes in 30 starts in a near-perfect campaign. Allison won five races, including the Daytona 500.

Darrell Waltrip, a six-time winner, finished third in the NASCAR Winston Cup Grand National standings, while Parsons fell to fourth by the end of the season. Winless Dave Marcis took fifth.

For the full standings for the 1978 NASCAR Winston Cup season, see the chart below.

­1978 NASCAR Winston Cup Standings

Rank
Driver Points Wins Earnings
1
Cale Yarborough 4,841 10 $623,505.80
2
Bobby Allison
4,367 5 411,516.40
3
Darrell Waltrip
4,362 6
413,907.26
4
Benny Parsons
4,350 3 329,992.12
5
Dave Marcis
4,335 0 205,870.98
6
Richard Petty
3,949 0
242,272.84
7
Lennie Pond
3,794 1
181,095.70
8
Dick Brooks
3,769 0
137,589.99
9
Buddy Arrington
3,626 0
112,959.84
10
Richard Childress
3,566 0
108,701.42
11
J.D. McDuffie
3,255 0
86,856.42
12
Neil Bonnett
3,129 0
162,741.42
13
Tighe Scott 3,110 0
87,911.42
14
Frank Warren
3,036 0
68,172.85
15
Dick May
2,936 0
65,290.71
16
David Pearson
2,756 4
198,774.28
tie
Jimmy Means
2,756 0
61,724.28
18
Ronnie Thomas
2,733 0
75,814.14
19
Cecil Gordon
2,641 0
53,814.14
20
Tommy Gale
2,639 0
60,764.28
21
Roger Hamby
2,617 0
41,315.00
22
D.K. Ulrich
2,452 0
54,550.00
23
Baxter Price
2,418 0
36,560.00
24
Buddy Baker
2,130 0
111,765.00
25
Donnie Allison
1,993 0
127,475.0
26
James Hylton
1,965 1
48,045.00
27
Gary Myers
1,915 0
22,140.00
28
Ed Negre
1,857 0
28,995.00
29
Skip Manning 1,802 0
55,470.00
30
Grant Adcox
1,802 0
37,100.00
31
Ricky Rudd
1,260 0
50,630.00
32
Bruce Hill
1,214 0
25,770.00
33
Bill Elliott
1,176 0
42,215.00
34
Al Holbert
1,142 0
31,075.00
35
Ferrel Harris
1,066 0
39,685.00
36
Coo Coo Marlin
765 0
19,415.00
37
Blackie Wangerin
760 0
13,515.00
38
Bobby Wawak
680 0
5,870.00
39
Terry Labonte
659 0
21,395.00
40
Ralph Jones 634 0
6,305.00
41
Janet Guthrie 592 0
17,120.00
42
Earle Canavan 559 0
8,740.00
43
Dale Earnhardt 558 0
20,745.00
44
Roland Wlodyka 549 0
9,910.00
45
Joe Frasson 533 0
9,210.00
46
Nelson Oswald 501 0
2,955.00
47
Joe Mihalic 419 0
6,030.00
48
Jim Thirkettle 389 0
6,850.00
49
Jimmy Insolo
369
0
8,665.00
50
Satch Worley
368
0
6,205.00

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