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1988 NASCAR Winston Cup Recap


1988 NASCAR Winston Cup Standings
Bill Elliott overcame challenges by Rusty Wallace and Dale Earnhardt to win the 1988 NASCAR Winston Cup championship. After leading the standings from June until late August, Wallace stumbled in September and was 124 points behind with five races remaining.

1988 NASCAR Winston Cup Champion Bill Elliott
1988 NASCAR Winston Cup Champion Bill Elliott

Wallace won four of the final five races, but Elliott performed well enough in those events to wrap up his first title. He finished 24 points ahead of Wallace. Earnhardt led the standings from March through early June, but fell off the pace in the second half of the season and placed third, 232 points behind Elliott.

For Elliott, it was sweet redemption for his bitter defeat in the 1985 NASCAR Winston Cup title chase.

Aside from the top three, no other driver seriously contended for the title or won more than two races.

For the full standings for the 1988 NASCAR Winston Cup season, see the chart below.

1988 NASCAR Winston Cup Standings

Rank
Driver Points Wins Earnings
1
Bill Elliott 4,488 6 $1,554,639
2
Rusty Wallace
4,464 6
1,411,567
3
Dale Earnhardt
4,256 3 1,214,089
4
Terry Labonte
4,007 1 950,781
5
Ken Schrader
3,858 1
631,544
6
Geoff Bodine
3,799 1
570,643
7
Darrell Waltrip
3,764 2
731,659
8
Davey Allison
3,631 2
844,532
9
Phil Parsons
3,630 1
532,043
10
Sterling Marlin
3,621 0
521,464
11
Ricky Rudd
3,547 1
410,954
12
Bobby Hillin, Jr.
3,446 0
330,217
13
Kyle Petty 3,296 0
377,092
14
Alan Kulwicki
3,176 1
448,547
15
Mark Martin
3,142 0
223,630
16
Neil Bonnett
3,040 2
440,139
tie
Lake Speed
2,984 1
260,500
18
Michael Waltrip
2,949 0
240,400
19
Dave Marcis
2,854 0
212,485
20
Brett Bodine
2,828 0
433,658
21
Rick Wilson
2,762 0
209,925
22
Richard Petty
2,644 0
190,155
23
Dale Jarrett
2,622 0
118,640
24
Benny Parsons
2,559 0
210,755
25
Ken Bouchard
2,378 0
109,410
26
Ernie Irvan
2,319 0 96,370
27
Harry Gant
2,266 0
173,325
28
Morgan Shepherd
2,193 0 197,425
29
Buddy Baker 2,056 0
184,200
30
Jimmy Means
2,045 0
139,290
31
Derrike Cope
1,985 0
132,835
32
Mike Alexander
1,931 0 200,709
33
Bobby Allison
1,654 1
409,295
34
Eddie Bierschwale
1,481 0
59,355
35
Rodney Combs
1,468 0
54,150
36
Brad Noffsinger
1,316 0
54,645
37
Greg Sacks
1,237 0
105,579
38
Cale Yarborough
940 0
66,065
39
Joe Ruttman
803 0
46,455
40
Brad Teague 802 0
53,105
41
Jimmy Horton 647 0
23,575
42
A.J. Foyt 523 0
29,660
43
H.B. Bailey 478 0
15,775
44
Jim Sauter 463 0
35,040
45
Chad Little 405 0
14,225
46
Buddy Arrington 352 0
22,165
47
Ken Ragan 314 0
15,775
48
Dana Patten 313 0
9,595
49
Rick Jeffrey
307 0
25,535
50
Mickey Gibbs
283 0
12,850

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