1980 NASCAR Winston Cup Standings

Dale Earnhardt took the champion­ship points lead in the Daytona 500 and staved off ­challenges by Richard Petty and Cale Yarborough to capture the 1980 NASCAR Winston Cup title. Earnhardt became the first driver to win Rookie of the Year and champ­ionship honors in back-to-back seasons.

1980 NASCAR Winston Cup Champion Dale Earnhardt
1980 NASCAR Winston Cup Champion Dale Earnhardt

Petty was within 48 points of Earn­hardt in late July, but he broke his neck in a crash at Pocono. Petty concealed the injury from NASCAR so he could continue racing. Relief drivers assisted Petty but he fell from contention.

Yarborough began his rally in Sep­tem­ber. He trailed by 173 points following the Richmond event, but then posted a series of top-10 finishes. Going into the season finale at Ontario, Calif., Earnhardt had a narrow 29-point lead.

Earnhardt fell a lap off the pace at Ontario, but muscled his way back onto the lead lap and scrambled to a fifth-place finish. The effort put him 19 points ahead of Yarborough, who took third at Ontario, and gave Earnhardt his first title.

For the full standings for the 1980 NASCAR Winston Cup season, see the chart below.

1980 NASCAR Winston Cup Standings

Rank
Driver Points Wins Earnings
1
Dale Earnhardt 4,661 5 $671,990.40
2
Cale Yarborough
4,642 6 567,890.20
3
Benny Parsons
4,278 3 411,518.68
4
Richard Petty
4,255 2 397,317.16
5
Darrell Waltrip
4,239 5 405,710.64
6
Bobby Allison
4,019 4
378,969.12
7
Jody Ridley
3,972 0
204,882.60
8
Terry Labonte
3,766 1
222,501.08
9
Dave Marcis
3,745 0
150,164.04
10
Richard Childress
3,742 0
157,419.56
11
Harry Gant
3,703 0
177,149.56
12
Buddy Arrington
3,461 0
120,354.56
13
James Hylton 3,449 0
109,229.56
14
Ronnie Thomas
3,066 0
94,729.56
15
Cecil Gordon
2,993 0
83,299.78
16
J.D. McDuffie
2,968 0
82,401.52
17
Jimmy Means
2,947 0
105,627.60
18
Tommy Gale
2,885 0
84,278.04
19
Neil Bonnett
2,865 2
231,853.04
20
Roger Hamby
2,606 0
51,533.04
21
Buddy Baker
2,603 2
275,200.00
22
Lake Speed
1,853 0
69,670.00
23
Slick Johnson
1,851 0
35,460.00
24
John Anderson
1,805 0
48,265.00
25
Bobby Wawak
1,742 0
21,080.00
26
Donnie Allison
1,730 0 92,640.00
27
Dick Brooks
1,698 0
60,700.00
28
Kyle Petty
1,690 0
36,045.00
29
Baxter Price 1,689 0
26,615.00
30
Lennie Pond
1,558 0
62,265.00
31
Junior Miller
1,402 0
23,420.00
32
Dick May
1,323 0 42,945.00
33
Joe Millikan
1,274 0
74,765.00
34
Bill Elliott
1,232 0
42,545.00
35
Ricky Rudd
1,213 0
50,500.00
36
Bill Ellswick
1,053 0
15,600.00
37
David Pearson
1,004 1
102,730.00
38
D.K. Ulrich
935 0
23,055.00
39
Tighe Scott
791 0
21,925.00
40
Frank Warren 559 0
18,375.00
41
Tim Richmond 527 0
14,925.00
42
Bill Schmitt 503 0
21,610.00
43
Buck Simmons 495 0
6,365.00
44
Rick Newsom 483 0
3,830.00
45
Dave Dion 441 0
5,015.00
46
Don Whittington 429 0
17,610.00
47
Steve Moore 412 0
9,040.00
48
Tommy Houston 396 0
5,020.00
49
Sterling Marlin
387 0
29,810.00
50
Bruce Hill
348 0
7,540.00

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