Dodge, Chrysler, and Plymouth ARCA Wins

In 1953, the Midwest Association for Race Cars (MARC) was founded by John Marcum after he worked as a NASCAR race official; he had raced open-wheel roadsters against Bill France Sr., NASCAR founder, in the 1940s. The MARC series was a regional stock-car racing series, covering Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

In 1964, France asked Marcum if he would like for ARCA to be a part of the Daytona Speedweeks. The group’s name was accordingly changed to the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA).

Charlie Glotzbach

During the 1970s, after Chrysler had left NASCAR, non-factory Chrysler teams continued competing in ARCA. Dodge Daytonas and Plymouth Superbirds were raced in the series during the 1970s; Ramo Stott won the championship in 1970. Two championships in the 1970s were claimed by Plymouth.

When Chrysler returned to ARCA racing in 1989, it was not making any V8-powered or rear wheel drive cars, having converted entirely to front wheel drive. Thus, when they returned to racing, they used a racing engine based on the “LA” series (still in production in 318 and 360 cubic inch sizes), built by Arrow Racing Engines. The 355-cubic-inch V8 engines were reliable and powerful, with the original setup having W-2 or W-5 Mopar heads, Diamond pistons, Keith Black crankshaft, and a modified Holley carburetor. (See our ARCA LeBaron page for more details.)

Chrysler LeBaron ARCA car

During the early 1990s, drivers such as Bob Keselowski, Ron Otto, and Jerry Churchill raced Chrysler LeBarons; Bob Keselowski was particularly successful. Next, Robbie Pyle and Roger Blackstock drove Dodge Avenger-bodied race cars, powered by the 355 V8, in the later 1990s. They later switched to Dodge Intrepids.

Today, ARCA and NASCAR still maintain a relationship, scheduling events at the same tracks – like Daytona, Talladega, and Charlotte – on the same weekends. ARCA also continues to hold races at smaller track venues, including Salem Speedway (Indiana) and Berlin Speedway (Michigan). Ron Drager is now president of the organization. (See our exclusive interview with Dodge ARCA drivers Tom Hessert and Austin Wayne Self)

Dodge Victories

DateDriverTrackCityLapsTrack Length
7/3/1953Iggy KatonaButler SpeedwayButler, PA200N/A
9/21/1957Roy GemberlingCanfield SpeedwayCanfield, Ohio1001/2-mile dirt
8/27/1961Bob JamesHeidelberg RacewayHeidelberg, PA5001/2-mile dirt
10/8/1961Kenny ReederCloverleaf SpeedwayValley View, Ohio2001/4-mile paved
3/22/1964Ernie DerrJoseph F. Meyer SpeedwayHouston, Texas2001/2-mile paved
6/5/1966Butch HartmanSalem SpeedwaySalem, Indiana1001/2-mile paved
6/18/1966Iggy KatonaCloverleaf SpeedwayValley View, Ohio1001/4-mile paved
7/4/1966Les SnowToledo SpeedwayToledo, Ohio1001/2-mile paved
9/5/1966Les SnowToledo SpeedwayToledo, Ohio1001/2-mile paved
10/2/1966Iggy KatonaDayton SpeedwayDayton, Ohio2001/2-mile paved
2/12/1967Les SnowDaytona International SpeedwayDaytona Beach, FL632.5-mile paved
3/30/1967Les SnowLonghorn SpeedwayAustin, Texas1001/2-mile paved
3/31/1967Les SnowPan-American SpeedwaySan Antonio, TX1001/4-mile paved
4/1/1967Les SnowCorpus Christi SpeedwayCorpus Christi, TX1001/4-mile paved
4/2/1967Iggy KatonaJoseph F. Meyer SpeedwayHouston, Texas2001/2-mile paved
4/30/1967Iggy KatonaToledo SpeedwayToledo, Ohio1001/2-mile paved
5/29/1967Iggy KatonaLorain County SpeedwayElyria, Ohio1003/8 mile
7/15/1967Iggy KatonaAnderson SpeedwayAnderson, Indiana5001/2 mile
8/13/1967Jay WyattNorthern Kentucky/
Florence Speedway
Walton, Kentucky1000.625-mile dirt
8/20/1967Les SnowSalem SpeedwaySalem, Indiana1001/2-mile paved
9/4/1967Andy HamptonToledo SpeedwayToledo, Ohio1001/2-mile paved
2/18/1968Andy HamptonDaytona International SpeedwayDaytona Beach, FL1202.5-mile paved
3/20/1968Iggy KatonaCorpus Christi SpeedwayCorpus Christi, TX1001/4-mile paved
5/18/1968Andy HamptonMusic City MotorplexNashville, TN2001/2-mile paved
5/29/1968Andy HamptonBerlin RacewayMarne, Michigan1001/2-mile dirt
6/23/1968Iggy KatonaNorthern Kentucky/
Florence Speedway
Walton, Kentucky1000.625-mile dirt
7/6/1968Iggy KatonaBeaver Valley SpeedwayMartin, Kentucky100N/A
7/28/1968Andy HamptonBaer Field RacewayFort Wayne, Indiana1001/2-mile paved
8/18/1968Andy HamptonMorehead SpeedwayMorehead, KY100N/A
8/24/1968Andy HamptonAnderson SpeedwayAnderson, Indiana5001/2 mile
10/5/1968Iggy KatonaTaylor County SpeedwayCampbellsville, KY1003/8-mile dirt/clay
11/17/1968Bobby WatsonBristol Motor SpeedwayBristol, Tennessee2111/2-mile paved
4/20/1969Bobby WatsonFairgrounds Motor SpeedwayLouisville, KY1001/3-mile paved
5/10/1969Andy HamptonMusic City MotorplexNashville, TN2001/2-mile paved
5/30/1969Bobby WatsonPocono RacewayLong Pond, PA2002.5-mile paved
6/8/1969Andy HamptonSalem SpeedwaySalem, Indiana1001/2 mile
7/5/1969Bobby WatsonSalyersville SpeedwaySalyersville, KY100N/A
8/10/1969Bobby WatsonFairgrounds Motor SpeedwayLouisville, KY5001/3-mile paved
8/30/1969Bobby WatsonFlat Rock SpeedwayFlat Rock, MI1001/4-mile paved
9/1/1969Bobby WatsonLorain County SpeedwayElyria, Ohio1003/8 mile
10/26/1969Jim VandiverTalladega SuperspeedwayTalladega, Alabama5002.66-mile paved
4/26/1970Bobby WatsonToledo SpeedwayToledo, Ohio501/2-mile paved
5/30/1970Andy HamptonLorain County SpeedwayElyria, Ohio503/8 mile
5/31/1970Iggy KatonaSharon SpeedwayHartford, Ohio501/2 mile
7/4/1970Andy HamptonLorain County SpeedwayElyria, Ohio503/8 mile
7/19/1970Iggy KatonaTrumbull County SpeedwayCortland, Ohio1001/4 mile
8/29/1970Andy HamptonFlat Rock SpeedwayFlat Rock, Michigan1001/4-mile paved
9/13/1970Iggy KatonaSalem SpeedwaySalem, Indiana1001/2-mile paved
2/7/1971Iggy KatonaDaytona International SpeedwayDaytona Beach, FL1202.5-mile paved
5/8/1971Kenny ReiterFairgrounds Motor SpeedwayLouisville, Kentucky1001/3-mile paved
Dodge pulls all manufacturer support from its teams and leaves ARCA.
Individual Dodge teams continue to compete until 1980.
2/10/1974Iggy KatonaDaytona International SpeedwayDaytona Beach, FL802.5-mile paved
5/3/1975Jim VandiverTalladega SpeedwayTalladega, Alabama802.66 miles
5/1/1976Johnny HalfordTalladega SpeedwayTalladega, Alabama802.66-mile paved
5/16/1976Butch HartmanTri-County SpeedwayWest Chester, Ohio1001/2-mile paved
2/13/1977Woody FisherDaytona International SpeedwayDaytona Beach, FL802.5-mile paved
2/12/1978Jim SauterDaytona International SpeedwayDaytona Beach, FL802.5-mile paved
2/11/1979Kyle PettyDaytona International SpeedwayDaytona Beach, FL802.5-mile paved
Dodge pulls out of all stock-car racing until 1999.
7/30/1999Robbie PyleKil-Kare SpeedwayXenia, OhioN/A0.375-mile paved
* First win by Dodge in ARCA in 20 1/2 years.
* Full-time support from Dodge returns to ARCA since 1971 in 2002.
6/15/2002Chad BlountMichigan International SpeedwayBrooklyn, Michigan1002-mile paved
7/12/2002Chad BlountKentucky SpeedwaySparta, Kentucky1341.5-mile paved
7/27/2002Casey AtwoodPocono RacewayLong Pond, PA802.5-mile paved
9/7/2002Chad BlountChicagoland SpeedwayJoliet, Illinois1341.5-mile paved
10/11/2002Chad BlountCharlotte Motor SpeedwayConcord, NC671.54-mile paved
4/27/2003Shelby HowardSalem SpeedwaySalem, Indiana2001/2-mile paved
6/1/2003Shelby HowardKansas SpeedwayKansas City, Kansas1341.5-mile paved
6/14/2003Casey MearsMichigan International SpeedwayBrooklyn, Michigan1002-mile paved
7/25/2003Casey MearsPocono RacewayLong Pond, PA802.5-mile paved
7/26/2003Casey MearsPocono RacewayLong Pond, PA802.5-mile paved
9/13/2003Shelby HowardSalem SpeedwaySalem, Indiana2041/2-mile paved
5/8/2004Ryan HemphillKentucky SpeedwaySparta, Kentucky1371.5-mile paved
5/27/2004Ryan HemphillCharlotte Motor SpeedwayConcord, NC731.54-mile paved
6/5/2004Ryan HemphillKansas SpeedwayKansas City, Kansas79 1.5-mile paved
6/19/2004Reed SorensonMichigan International SpeedwayBrooklyn, Michigan1002-mile paved
7/9/2004Ryan HemphillKentucky SpeedwaySparta, Kentucky671.5-mile paved
7/16/2004Ryan HemphillGateway International RacewayMadison, Illinois1201.25 miles
7/31/2004Ryan HemphillPocono RacewayLong Pond, PA802.5-mile paved
8/14/2004Joey MillerNashville SuperspeedwayNashville, TN1511.33 miles
6/11/2005Travis KvapilPocono RacewayLong Pond, PA802.5 miles
7/16/2005Joey MillerBerlin RacewayMarne, Michigan2021/2 mile
7/29/2005Joey MillerGateway International RacewayMadison, Illinois1201.25 miles
8/13/2005Joey MillerNashville SuperspeedwayNashville, Tennessee1511.33-mile paved
8/19/2005Steven WallaceMichigan International SpeedwayBrooklyn, Michigan1062-mile paved
9/10/2005Dawayne BryanChicagoland SpeedwayJoliet, Illinois1381.5-mile paved
9/17/2005Joey MillerSalem SpeedwaySalem, Indiana2131/2-mile paved
5/13/2006Steven WallaceKentucky SpeedwaySparta, Kentucky1031.5-mile paved
6/10/2006Chase MillerPocono RacewayLong Pond, PA882.5-mile paved
6/16/2006David StremmeMichigan International SpeedwayBrooklyn, Michigan1002-mile paved
7/15/2006Brian KeselowskiBerlin RacewayMarne, Michigan2001/2-mile
7/28/2006Cale GaleGateway International RacewayMadison, Illinois1421.25 miles
8/27/2006Phil BozellThe Milwaukee MileWest Allis, WI2001-mile paved
9/9/2006Steven WallaceChicagoland SpeedwayJoliet, Illinois1341.5-mile paved
9/16/2006Blake BjorklundSalem SpeedwaySalem, Indiana2001/2-mile paved
10/15/2006Steven WallaceIowa SpeedwayNewton, Iowa2507/8-mile paved
3/24/2007James BuescherUSA International SpeedwayLakeland, Florida2533/4 mile
4/22/2007Brian KeselowskiSalem SpeedwaySalem, Indiana2001/2-mile paved
4/27/2007Scott Lagasse Jr.Kansas SpeedwayKansas City, Kansas1001.5-mile paved
5/20/2007Ken Butler IIIToledo SpeedwayToledo, Ohio2001/2-mile paved
6/9/2007Chad McCumbeePocono RacewayLong Pond, PA802.5-mile paved
7/7/2007Brian KeselowskiBerlin RacewayMarne, Michigan2001/2 mile
7/13/2007Michael McDowellKentucky SpeedwaySparta, Kentucky1001.5-mile paved
8/4/2007Michael McDowellPocono RacewayLong Pond, PA802.5-mile paved
8/31/2007Bryan ClausonGateway International RacewayMadison, Illinois1201.25 miles
9/8/2007Michael McDowellChicagoland SpeedwayJoliet, Illinois1341.5-mile paved
10/14/2007Michael McDowellToledo SpeedwayToledo, Ohio2001/2-mile paved
4/19/2008Matt HawkinsIowa SpeedwayNewton, Iowa2507/8 mile
6/14/2008Justin LoftonMichigan International SpeedwayBrooklyn, Michigan1002-mile paved
4/5/2009Patrick SheltraSalem SpeedwaySalem, Indiana2001/2-mile paved
5/17/2009Parker KligermanToledo SpeedwayToledo, Ohio2051/2-mile paved
6/12/2009Parker KligermanMichigan International SpeedwayBrooklyn, Michigan1002-mile paved
6/20/2009Parker KligermanMansfield Motorsports ParkMansfield, Ohio2021/2-mile paved
7/11/2009Parker KligermanIowa SpeedwayNewton, Iowa2007/8 mile
7/18/2009Parker KligermanKentucky SpeedwaySparta, Kentucky1001.5-mile paved
8/23/2009Parker KligermanIllinois State FairgroundsSpringfield, Illinois1031 mile
9/7/2009Parker KligermanDuQuoin State FairgroundsN/A1001 mile
9/13/2009Patrick LongNew Jersey Motorsports ParkMillville, NJ672.3-mile road course
10/1/2009Parker KligermanKansas SpeedwayKansas City, Kansas1031.5-mile paved
10/11/2009Parker KligermanNorth Carolina Motor SpeedwayRockingham, NC2001-mile paved
2/27/2010Justin MarksPalm Beach International RacewayPalm Beach, FL702.034-mile road course
4/23/2010Dakoda ArmstrongTalladega SuperspeedwayTalladega, Alabama942.66-mile paved
7/10/2010Tom Hessert IIIIowa SpeedwayNewton, Iowa2000.875 mile
7/31/2010Robb BrentPocono RacewayLong Pond, PA502.5-mile paved
8/15/2010Casey RoderickNew Jersey Motorsports ParkMillville, NJ672.3-mile road course
8/22/2010Patrick SheltraIllinois State FairgroundsSpringfield, Illinois1061 mile
9/18/2010Dakoda ArmstrongSalem SpeedwaySalem, Indiana2001/2-mile paved
5/22/2011Andrew RangerNew Jersey Motorsports ParkMillville, NJ672.3-mile road course
6/25/2011Dakoda ArmstrongWinchester SpeedwayWinchester, Indiana2001/2 mile
7/9/2011Matt MerrellBerlin RacewayMarne, Michigan2001/2 mile
4/29/2012Alex BowmanSalem SpeedwaySalem, Indiana2001/2-mile paved
6/24/2012Alex BowmanWinchester SpeedwayWinchester, Indiana2001/2 mile
7/1/2012Andrew RangerNew Jersey Motorsports ParkMillville, NJ672.3-mile road course
7/13/2013Alex BowmanIowa SpeedwayNewton, Iowa2000.875 mile

Nevada Open Road Challenge record setting Chrysler leBaron

Chrysler (LeBaron) Victories

DateDriverTrackCityLapsTrack Length
4/8/1990Jerry ChurchillKil-Kare SpeedwayXenia, Ohio1430.375-mile paved
7/20/1991Bob KeselowskiPocono RacewayLong Pond, Pennsylvania602.5-mile paved
6/20/1992Bob KeselowskiMichigan International SpeedwayBrooklyn, Michigan1002-mile paved
6/28/1992Bob KeselowskiKil-Kare SpeedwayXenia, Ohio1500.375-mile paved
7/12/1992Bob KeselowskiDelaware SpeedwayDelaware, Ontario, Canada2501/2-mile paved
7/18/1992Bob KeselowskiPocono RacewayLong Pond, Pennsylvania602.5-mile paved
8/22/1993Bob KeselowskiIllinois State FairgroundsSpringfield, Illinois1001-mile dirt

Plymouth sailing ship

Plymouth Victories

DateDriverTrackCityLapsTrack Length
6/24/1954Bob WelbornSportsman ParkBedford, Ohio1001/4-mile paved
5/5/1956Pat KirkwoodOhio State FairgroundsColumbus, Ohio1001/2-mile dirt
5/12/1956Pat KirkwoodAnderson SpeedwayAnderson, Indiana1001/4-mile paved
3/31/1957Hershel WhiteLakewood SpeedwayAtlanta, Georgia1001-mile dirt
4/28/1957Hershel WhiteToledo Raceway ParkToledo, Ohio1001/2-mile dirt
5/5/1957Gober SosebeeSpeedway ParkNew Castle, Pennsylvania2003/4-mile dirt
9/17/1961Kenny ReederCanfield SpeedwayCanfield, Ohio3001/2-mile dirt
10/8/1961Kenny ReederCloverleaf SpeedwayValley View, Ohio2001/4-mile paved
10/20/1963Jim CushmanInternational Raceway ParkOna, West Virginia4000.375-mile paved
2/8/1964Earl BalmerDaytona International SpeedwayDaytona Beach, Florida4002.5-mile paved
3/20/1964Earl BalmerPan American SpeedwaySan Antonio, Texas1001/4-mile paved
3/21/1964Earl BalmerCorpus Christi SpeedwayCorpus Christi, Texas1001/4-mile paved
5/29/1964Earl BalmerCanfield SpeedwayCanfield, OhioN/A1/2-mile dirt
5/1/1965Iggy KatonaClark County FairgroundsSpringfield, Ohio1001/2-mile dirt
5/30/1965Iggy KatonaHagerstown SpeedwayHagerstown, Maryland1001/2-mile dirt
6/11/1965Iggy KatonaAnderson SpeedwayAnderson, Indiana1001/4-mile paved
3/24/1966Charlie GlotzbachLonghorn SpeedwayAustin, Texas1001/4-mile paved
3/25/1966Charlie GlotzbachPan American SpeedwaySan Antonio, Texas1001/4-mile paved
3/27/1966Iggy KatonaJoseph F. Meyer SpeedwayHouston, Texas2001/2-mile paved
4/10/1966Jack PurcellFairgrounds Motor SpeedwayLouisville, Kentucky1001/3-mile paved
5/1/1966Iggy KatonaToledo SpeedwayToledo, Ohio1001/2-mile paved
7/4/1966Les SnowToledo SpeedwayToledo, Ohio1001/2-mile paved
7/31/1966Les SnowSandusky SpeedwaySandusky, Ohio2001/2-mile paved
2/12/1967Neil CastlesDaytona International SpeedwayDaytona Beach, Florida1002.5-mile paved
2/19/1967Ralph LathamDaytona International SpeedwayDaytona Beach, Florida1002.5-mile paved
3/24/1968Les SnowJoseph F. Meyer SpeedwayHouston, Texas2001/2-mile paved
4/7/1968Les SnowFlorence SpeedwayWalton, Kentucky1000.625-mile dirt
5/25/1968Les SnowKnoxville SpeedwayKnoxville, Tennessee100N/A
5/30/1968Les SnowAuto City SpeedwayClio, Michigan1001/2-mile paved
6/9/1968Les SnowSalem SpeedwaySalem, Indiana1001/2-mile paved
8/10/1968Les SnowColumbus Motor SpeedwayColumbus, Ohio1001/3-mile paved
9/22/1968Les SnowRichie County SpeedwayPennsboro, West Virginia1001/2-mile dirt
4/13/1969Les SnowSalem SpeedwaySalem, Indiana1001/2-mile paved
5/18/1969Ramo StottBristol Motor SpeedwayBristol, Tennessee4121/2-mile paved
6/15/1969Ramo StottClay City SpeedwayClay City, Kentucky1001/2-mile paved
6/20/1969Ramo StottBroadway SpeedwayCrown Point, Indiana1001/4-mile dirt
7/6/1969Les SnowRichmond RacewayRichmond, Kentucky1001/3-mile dirt
7/12/1969Ramo StottSouth Bend Motor SpeedwaySouth Bend, Indiana1001/4-mile paved
8/16/1969Ramo StottClark County FairgroundsSpringfield, Ohio501/2-mile dirt
8/24/1969Ramo StottInternational Raceway ParkOna, West Virginia3000.375-mile paved
9/7/1969Ramo StottSalem SpeedwaySalem, Indiana5001/2-mile paved
9/21/1969Ramo StottDayton SpeedwayDayton, Ohio5001/2-mile paved
2/15/1970Ramo StottDaytona International SpeedwayDaytona Beach, Florida1202.5-mile paved
4/11/1970Ramo StottTalladega SuperspeedwayTalladega, Alabama502.66-mile paved
4/18/1970Ramo StottTri-County SpeedwayWest Chester, Ohio1001/2-mile paved
5/24/1970Ramo StottDayton SpeedwayDayton, Ohio5001/2-mile paved
6/14/1970Ramo StottTalladega SuperspeedwayTalladega, Alabama1882.66-mile paved
7/3/1970Ramo StottBerlin RacewayMarne, Michigan2001/2-mile dirt
7/25/1970Ramo StottGolden Sands SpeedwayPlover, Wisconsin1001/3-mile paved
7/26/1970Ramo StottMadison International SpeedwayOregon, Wisconsin1001/2-mile paved
10/11/1970Ramo StottSalem SpeedwaySalem, Indiana5001/2-mile paved
4/4/1971Ramo StottSalem SpeedwaySalem, Indiana1001/2-mile paved
5/15/1971Ramo StottMusic City MotorplexNashville, Tennessee2001/2-mile paved
5/23/1971Ramo StottTri-County SpeedwayWest Chester, Ohio5001/2-mile paved
6/19/1971Ramo StottIndianapolis Raceway ParkClermont, Indiana1000.686-mile paved
8/7/1971Ramo StottBaer Field SpeedwayFort Wayne, Indiana1001/2-mile paved
8/28/1971Ramo StottFlat Rock SpeedwayFlat Rock, Michigan1001/4-mile paved
9/5/1971Ramo StottToledo SpeedwayToledo, Ohio1001/2-mile paved
9/12/1971Ramo StottNew Bremen SpeedwayNew Bremen, Ohio5001/2-mile dirt
10/17/1971Ramo StottSalem SpeedwaySalem, Indiana5001/2-mile paved
2/9/1975Ron HutchersonDaytona International SpeedwayDaytona Beach, Florida802.5-mile paved
8/31/1975Woody FisherToledo SpeedwayToledo, Ohio1001/2-mile paved
6/9/1979Jim CushmanFlat Rock SpeedwayFlat Rock, Michigan1001/4-mile paved
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