By Zane Miller
On Sunday, December 7th, 1969, the 1969 NASCAR Cup Series season concluded with David Pearson defeating Richard Petty by 357 points to win the 21st championship in Cup Series history. It was the third (and final) Cup Series championship for Pearson. These are the top five points finishers for the season.
The 1969 Daytona 500 was won by LeeRoy Yarbrough, while Donnie Allison led the most laps with 87.
5. #64 Elmo Langley (-787 points)
Langley claimed fifth place with 13 top-fives and 28 top-10s, earning an average finish of 12.6.
4. #06 Neil Castles (-640 points)
Castles claimed the fourth spot as he had 14 top-fives and 30 top-10s for an average finish of 11.1.
3. #48 James Hylton (-420 points)
Hylton picked up the third spot with 27 top-fives and 39 top-10s on the way to an average finish of 9.3.
2. #43 Richard Petty (-357 points)
Petty earned second in points as he got 10 wins, 31 top-fives and 38 top-10s for an average finish of 7.9, while leading the most laps in eight starts.
1. #17 David Pearson
Pearson grabbed his third championship with 11 wins, 42 top-fives and 44 top-10s, to take an average finish of 5.3. Pearson led the most laps in eight races as well.
Race Winners (left) & Lap Leaders (right)
Link to stats database: https://www.racing-reference.info/yeardet/1969/W
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