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1990 NASCAR Winston Cup Recap


1990 NASCAR Winston Cup Standings
Dale Earnhardt and Mark Martin battled down to the wire for the 1990 NASCAR Winston Cup champion­ship, and Earnhardt took his fourth title in the final two races of the season.

1990 NASCAR Winston Cup Champion Dale Earnhardt
1990 NASCAR Winston Cup Champion Dale Earnhardt

Martin led the standings from June through October, but Earnhardt rallied with a win at Phoenix and a third-place effort in the finale at Atlanta, and prevailed by 26 points over Martin.

Martin's loss was bitter for his Jack Roush team. Martin won at Rich­mond in February, but NASCAR officials discovered that his carburetor spacer was 1/2 inch too thick. The team was fined $40,000 and stripped of 46 points.

In October, Earnhardt left the pits at Charlotte with the left-side wheels unattached, and they flew off in the first turn. His pit crew ran out to the car and secured the tires in place, ignoring a NASCAR official's command to stay away from the car. Rules state that a pit crew can't work on a car when it is on the racing surface. Earn­hardt rejoined the race without losing much time. NASCAR considered imposing a penalty, but none was given, and Earnhardt went on to win the title.

For the full standings for the 1990 NASCAR Winston Cup season, see the chart below.

1990 NASCAR Winston Cup Standings

Rank
Driver Points Wins Earnings
1
Dale Earnhardt 4,430 9 $3,308,056
2
Mark Martin
4,404 3
1,302,958
3
Geoff Bodine
4,017 3 1,131,222
4
Bill Elliott
3,999 1 1,090,730
5
Morgan Shepherd
3,689 1
666,915
6
Rusty Wallace
3,676 2
954,129
7
Ricky Rudd
3,601 1
573,650
8
Alan Kulwicki
3,599 1
550,936
9
Ernie Irvan
3,593 1
535,280
10
Ken Schrader
3,572 0
769,934
11
Kyle Petty
3,501 1
746,326
12
Brett Bodine
3,440 1
442,681
13
Davey Allison 3,423 2
640,684
14
Sterling Marlin
3,387 0
369,167
15
Terry Labonte
3,371 0
450,230
16
Michael Waltrip
3,251 0
395,507
17
Harry Gant
3,182 1
522,519
18
Derrike Cope
3,140 2
569,451
19
Bobby Hillin, Jr.
3,048 0
339,366
20
Darrell Waltrip
3,013 0
520,420
21
Dave Marcis
2,944 0
242,724
22
Dick Trickle
2,863 0
350,990
23
Rick Wilson
2,666 0
242,067
24
Jimmy Spencer
2,579 0
219,775
25
Dale Jarrett
2,558 0
214,495
26
Richard Petty
2,556 0 169,465
27
Butch Miller
2,377 0
151,941
28
Hut Stricklin
2,316 0 169,199
29
Jimmy Means 2,271 0
135,165
30
Rob Moroso
2,184 0
162,002
31
Rick Mast
1,719 0
112,875
32
Greg Sacks
1,663 0 216,148
33
Chad Little
1,632 0
80,140
34
Jack Pennington
1,278 0
95,860
35
Larry Pearson
822 0
72,305
36
Jimmy Horton
756 0
72,375
37
Mickey Gibbs
755 0
38,665
38
Mike Alexander
682 0
41,080
39
Phil Parsons
632 0
90,010
40
J.D. McDuffie 557 0
26,170
41
Buddy Baker 498 0
40,085
42
Lake Speed 479 0
75,537
43
Neil Bonnett 455 0
62,600
44
Mark Stahl 371 0
18,470
45
Bill Venturini 349 0
22,970
46
Rodney Combs 323 0
23,365
47
Irv Hoerr 281 0
14,775
48
Tommy Kendall 281 0
14,120
49
Ted Musgrave
280 0
17,190
50
Chuck Brown
276 0
10,150

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