1996 NASCAR Winston Cup Standings

Hendrick Motorsports teammates Terry Labonte and Jeff Gordon battled for the 1996 NASCAR Winston Cup championship, and Labonte ­parlayed consistency to win his second title.

1996 NASCAR Winston Cup Champion Terry Labonte
1996 NASCAR Winston Cup Champion Terry Labonte

Labonte took the lead in the standings with a third-place finish at Rockingham in late October. Top-five finishes in the final two events were enough to capture the title by 37 points over Gordon.

Gordon won 10 races, while Labonte won twice. Both Chevrolet drivers had 21 top-five finishes and 24 top-10 efforts. Gordon led 2,314 laps as Labonte led 973 laps. Gordon seemed to have a better year, but Labonte was able to come out on top of the points race thanks to fewer DNFs.

Four-time winner Dale Jarrett placed third in the NASCAR Winston Cup standings and two-time winner Dale Earnhardt finished fourth. See how the rest of the field lined up in the 1996 NASCAR Winston Cup standings that follow.

1996 NASCAR Winston Cup Standings

RankDriver
Points
Wins
Earnings
1 Terry Labonte
4,657 2 $4,030,648
2 Jeff Gordon
4,620 10 3,428,485
3 Dale Jarrett
4,568 4 2,985,418
4 Dale Earnhardt
4,327 2 2,285,926
5 Mark Martin
4,278 0 1,887,396
6 Ricky Rudd
3,845 1 1,503,025
7 Rusty Wallace
3,717 5 1,665,315
8 Sterling Marlin
3,682 2 1,588,425
9 Bobby Hamilton
3,639 1 1,151,235
10 Ernie Irvan
3,632 2 1,683,313
11 Bobby Labonte
3,590 1 1,475,196
12 Ken Schrader
3,540 0 1,089,603
13 Jeff Burton
3,538 0 884,303
14 Michael Waltrip
3,535 0 1,182,811
15 Jimmy Spencer
3,476 0 1,090,876
16 Ted Musgrave
3,466 0 961,512
17 Geoff Bodine
3,218 1 1,031,762
18 Rick Mast
3,190 0 924,559
19 Morgan Shepherd
3,133 0 719,059
20 Ricky Craven
3,078 0 941,959
21 Johnny Benson
3,004 0 947,080
22 Hut Stricklin
2,854 0 631,055
23 Lake Speed
2,834 0 817,175
24 Brett Bodine
2,814 0 767,716
25 Wally Dallenbach, Jr.
2,786 0 837,001
26 Jeremy Mayfield
2,721 0 592,853
27 Kyle Petty
2,696 0 689,041
28 Kenny Wallace
2,694 0 457,665
29 Darrell Waltrip
2,657 0 740,185
30 Bill Elliott
2,627 0 716,506
31 John Andretti
2,621 0 688,511
32 Robert Pressley
2,485 0 690,465
33 Ward Burton
2,411 0 873,619
34 Joe Nemechek
2,391 0 666,247
35 Derrike Cope
2,374 0 675,781
36 Dick Trickle
2,131 0 404,927
37 Bobby Hillin, Jr.
2,128 0 395,224
38 Dave Marcis
2,047 0 435,177
39 Steve Grissom
1,188 0 314,983
40 Todd Bodine
991 0 198,525
41 Mike Wallace
799 0 169,082
42 Greg Sacks
710 0 207,755
43 Elton Sawyer
705 0 129,618
44 Chad Little
627 0 164,752
45 Loy Allen, Jr.
603 0 130,667
46 Gary Bradberry
591 0 155,785
47 Mike Skinner
529 0 65,850
48 Jeff Purvis
328 0 91,127
49 Jeff Green
247 0 46,875
50 Randy MacDonald
228 0 33,910

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