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1989 NASCAR Winston Cup Recap


1989 NASCAR Winston Cup Standings
Rusty Wallace took the lead from Dale Earnhardt with five races remaining to win the 1989 NASCAR Winston Cup championship.

1989 NASCAR Winston Cup Champion Rusty Wallace
1989 NASCAR Winston Cup Champion Rusty Wallace

Wallace and Earnhardt engaged in a hard-fought battle for supremacy during the season. While racing side-by-side at Rockingham in the 27th race of the 29-race campaign, Wallace slid into Earnhardt, forcing him into a spin. Earnhardt left Rockingham trailing by 109 points, but he staged a furious rally in the final two events.

Needing only to finish 18th in the season finale at Atlanta, Rusty nursed his Pontiac to a 15th-place finish as Earnhardt dominated the race. Wallace squeaked out a narrow 12-point decision over Earnhardt to take his first NASCAR Winston Cup title.

Wallace won six times during his championship season, while Earnhardt took five victories. Mark Martin, who scored his first career win at RockingĀ­ham, finished third in points, 123 points behind Wallace.

For the full standings for the 1989 NASCAR Winston Cup season, see the chart below.

1989 NASCAR Winston Cup Standings

Rank
Driver Points Wins Earnings
1
Rusty Wallace
4,176 6 $2,237,950
2
Dale Earnhardt 4,164 5
1,432,230
3
Mark Martin 4,053 1 1,016,850
4
Darrell Waltrip 3,971 6 1,312,479
5
Ken Schrader 3,876 1
1,037,941
6
Bill Elliott 3,774 3
849,370
7
Harry Gant 3,610 1
639,792
8
Ricky Rudd 3,608 1
533,624
9
Geoff Bodine 3,600 1
619,494
10
Terry Labonte 3,569 2
703,806
11
Davey Allison 3,481 2
640,956
12
Sterling Marlin 3,422 0
473,267
13
Morgan Shepherd
3,403 0
544,255
14
Alan Kulwicki 3,236 0
501,295
15
Dick Trickle 3,203 0
343,728
16
Bobby Hillin, Jr. 3,139 0
283,181
17
Rick Wilson 3,119 0
312,402
18
Michael Waltrip 3,057 0
249,233
19
Brett Bodine 3,051 0
281,274
20
Neil Bonnett 2,995 0
271,628
21
Phil Parsons 2,933 0
285,012
22
Ernie Irvan 2,919 0
155,329
23
Larry Pearson 2,860 0
156,060
24
Dale Jarrett 2,789 0
232,317
25
Dave Marcis 2,715 0
196,161
26
Hut Stricklin 2,705 0 152,504
27
Lake Speed 2,550 0
201,977
28
Derrike Cope 2,180 0 125,630
29
Richard Petty
2,148 0
133,050
30
Kyle Petty 2,099 0
117,027
31
Jimmy Means 1,698 0
65,005
32
Greg Sacks 1,565 0 113,535
33
Jim Sauter 1,510 0
409,295
34
Jimmy Spencer 1,445 0
121,065
35
Rick Mast 1,315 0
128,102
36
Eddie Bierschwale 1,306 0
82,695
37
Ben Hess 921 0
48,490
38
Chad Little 602 0
44,690
39
Butch Miller 576 0
22,520
40
A.J. Foyt
527 0
31,995
41
Mickey Gibbs
508 0
27,040
42
Rodney Combs
470 0
36,090
43
Joe Ruttman
469 0
64,645
44
J.D. McDuffie
457 0
27,720
45
Phil Barkdoll
378 0
29,050
46
Jimmy Horton
377 0
19,232
47
Dick Johnson
322 0
11,515
48
Ken Bouchard
313 0
33,930
49
Terry Byers 306 0
15,400
50
Darin Brassfield 306 0
10,852

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