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1982 NASCAR Winston Cup Recap


1982 NASCAR Winston Cup Standings
For the second straight season, Darrell Waltrip rallied past Bobby Allison to take the NASCAR Winston Cup Grand National championship. Driving Buicks for Junior Johnson, Waltrip lagged behind in the points race as Terry Labonte and Allison held the top spots most of the summer. With four races remaining, Waltrip seized the points lead with an October victory at Martinsville.

1982 NASCAR Winston Cup Champion Darrell Waltrip
1982 NASCAR Winston Cup Champion Darrell Waltrip

For Allison, it was another frustrating end as he finished second in points for the fifth time in his career. Waltrip's win gave team owner Johnson his fifth NASCAR Winston Cup Grand National championship in the last seven years.

Waltrip won 12 races along the way to his 72-point victory. Allison won eight races. Labonte, who led the standings most of the way through early August despite failing to record a victory, faded to third place, 278 points behind Waltrip.

For the full standings for the 1982 NASCAR Winston Cup season, see the chart below.

1982 NASCAR Winston Cup Standings

Rank
Driver Points Wins Earnings
1
Darrell Waltrip 4,489 12 $923,150.60
2
Bobby Allison
4,417 8 795,077.80
3
Terry Labonte
4,211 0 398,634.52
4
Harry Gant
3,877 2 337,581.24
5
Richard Petty
3,814 0 465,792.96
6
Dave Marcis
3,666 1
249,026.40
7
Buddy Arrington
3,642 0
178,158.12
8
Ron Bouchard
3,545 0
375,758.12
9
Ricky Rudd
3,537 0
217,139.49
10
Morgan Shepherd
3,451 0
166,029.84
11
Jimmy Means
3,423 0
154,459.84
12
Dale Earnhardt
3,402 1
400,879.84
13
Jody Ridley 3,333 0
308,663.20
14
Mark Martin
3,042 0
142,709.84
15
Kyle Petty
3,024 0
126,284.84
16
Joe Ruttman
3,021 0
191,633.28
17
Neil Bonnett
2,966 1
158,196.56
18
Benny Parsons
2,892 0
252,266.56
19
J.D. McDuffie
2,886 0
112,743.28
20
Lake Speed
2,850 0
118,456.56
21
Tommy Gale
2,698 0
101,485.00
22
Geoff Bodine
2,654 0
247,750.00
23
Buddy Baker
2,591 0
253,675.00
24
D.K. Ulrich
2,566 0
78,120.00
25
Bill Elliott
2,558 0
201,030.00
26
Tim Richmond
2,497 2 175,980.00
27
Cale Yarborough
2,022 3
231,590.00
28
James Hylton
1,514 0
49,130.00
29
Slick Johnson 1,261 0
44,190.00
30
Ronnie Thomas
1,093 0
23,570.00
31
Bobby Wawak
1,002 0
23,660.00
32
Brad Teague
966 0 14,300.00
33
Lennie Pond
756 0
45,715.00
34
Rick Wilson
731 0
33,230.00
35
Rick Newsom
725 0
12,390.00
36
Joe Millikan
678 0
56,230.00
37
David Pearson
613 0
55,945.00
38
Gary Balough
564 0
35,735.00
39
Lowell Cowell
554 0
26,215.00
40
Philip Duffie 542 0
10,910.00
41
H.B. Bailey 462 0
9,455.00
42
Butch Lindley 435 0
16,695.00
43
Dean Combs 431 0
7,940.00
44
Delma Cowart 410 0
11,855.00
45
Donnie Allison 406 0
38,180.00
46
Bobby Hillin, Jr. 379 0
9,830.00
47
Roy Smith 375 0
26,770.00
48
Randy Ogden 347 0
9,470.00
49
Connie Saylor
335 0
16,225.00
50
Darryl Sage
324 0
4,970.00

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