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1986 NASCAR Winston Cup Recap


1986 NASCAR Winston Cup Standings
Dale Earnhardt grabbed his second NASCAR Winston Cup champion­ship in 1986, finishing a comfortable 288 points ahead of runner-up Darrell Waltrip.

1986 NASCAR Winston Cup Champion Dale Earnhardt
1986 NASCAR Winston Cup Champion Dale Earnhardt

Earnhardt grabbed the points lead in early May with a runner-up finish in Talladega's Winston 500. The determined Richard Childress Chevrolet driver never let anybody challenge his healthy advantage for the remainder of the season. He held a lead of at least 100 points the entire second half of the season.

Tim Richmond compiled the biggest numbers during the season, winning seven races and eight poles. But Richmond's slow start to the season made it impossible for him to overtake Earnhardt. Waltrip won three races and edged Richmond for second place by only six points. Bill Elliott and Ricky Rudd rounded out the top five.

For the full standings for the 1986 NASCAR Winston Cup season, see the chart below.

1986 NASCAR Winston Cup Standings

Rank
Driver Points Wins Earnings
1
Dale Earnhardt 4,468 5 $1,768,879.80
2
Darrell Waltrip
4,180 3
1,099,734.90
3
Tim Richmond
4,174 7 973,220.92
4
Bill Elliott
3,844 2 1,049,141.92
5
Ricky Rudd
3,823 2
671,547.74
6
Rusty Wallace
3,762 2
557,353.94
7
Bobby Allison
3,698 1
503,094.96
8
Geoff Bodine
3,678 2
795,110.96
9
Bobby Hillin, Jr.
3,546 1
448,451.46
10
Kyle Petty
3,537 1
403,241.98
11
Harry Gant
3,498 0
583,023.63
12
Terry Labonte
3,473 1
522,234.73
13
Neil Bonnett 3,369 1
485,929.18
14
Richard Petty
3,314 0
280,656.38
15
Joe Ruttman
3,295 0
259,262.48
16
Ken Schrader
3,052 0
235,903.58
17
Dave Marcis
2,912 0
220,460.21
18
Morgan Shepherd
2,896 1
244,145.21
19
Michael Waltrip
2,853 0
108,766.86
20
Buddy Arrington
2,776 0
186,587.96
21
Alan Kulwicki
2,705 0
94,450.00
22
Jimmy Means
2,495 0
157,940.00
23
Tommy Ellis
2,393 0
78,310.00
24
Buddy Baker
1,924 0
138,600.00
25
Eddie Bierschwale
1,860 0
98,110.00
26
J.D. McDuffie
1,825 0 106,115.00
27
Phil Parsons
1,742 0
84,680.00
28
Rick Wilson
1,698 0 88,820.00
29
Cale Yarborough 1,642 0
137,010.00
30
Benny Parsons
1,555 0
176,985.00
31
Ron Bouchard
1,553 0
106,835.00
32
Chet Fillip
1,433 0 36,110.00
33
Jody Ridley
1,213 0
84,380.00
34
Trevor Boys
1,064 0
74,645.00
35
Doug Heveron
1,052 0
74,030.00
36
Sterling Marlin
989 0
113,070.00
37
D.K. Ulrich
804 0
47,795.00
38
Pancho Carter
706 0
56,366.00
39
Ken Ragan
627 0
33,890.00
40
Lake Speed 608 0
82,800.00
41
Greg Sacks 579 0
64,810.00
42
Ronnie Thomas 504 0
25,215.00
43
Bobby Wawak 480 0
10,155.00
44
Rodney Combs 421 0
12,180.00
45
Derrike Cope 400 0
8,025.00
46
James Hylton 386 0
22,090.00
47
Davey Allison 364 0
24,190.00
48
Mark Martin 364 0
20,515.00
49
Jim Sauter
361 0
52,020.00
50
A.J. Foyt
355 0
24,135.00

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