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Chrysler in the USAC stock car series

Discussion in 'Historical' started by Beentherebefore, Dec 12, 2013.

  1. DC-93

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    Too bad the track is unknown. With the 'net, you can look up who drove what when & where!
     
  4. Jerry Simcik

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    So is that the original "Blue Deuce?"
     
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    Nope, just a #2 blue car... :D
     
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    After a little searching on that 'net, here is my educated guess - it's the dirt track at DuQuoin, IL. It's the only dirt track that I could find that USAC stocks ran in 1971 that featured all the car numbers shown in your very cool above video. The #10 Roadrunner was driven by Verlin Eaker and won the race!

    You can backup my research (or contra) here;

    http://www.thethirdturn.com/wiki/USAC_Stock:1971-17

    (Cool site)
     
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    Nice work!
     
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    Great job sleuthing!
     
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    Faded old NSSN photo of USAC driver AJ Foyt driving a Ray Nichels' Dodge to victory @ Langhorne Speedway in 1964.

    The Foyt - Mopar connection was brief, however. Foyt was ticked off at Ford because they refused to supply him with their recently developed IRL motor and he took it out on them by racing Dodges on the USAC stock car circuit in 1964, winning several races including the Nascar Daytona Firecracker 400. By 1965 his dispute with Ford was settled and he became a persistent Ford thorn in the side of Mopar racers for many years, particularly after hooking up with the Woods brothers.

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    Repost of the picture I had originally posted in post #1 of this thread. It apparantly got deleted in the transition to the new provider.

    mccluskyScan.jpg
     
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    Another replacement photo which I had originally posted in post #2 of this thread showing McClusky battling with Al
    Unser Sr at the IRP road course.

    U USACatIRPScan.jpg
     
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    Another repost - this one of what, imo, is one of the best pictures of Mopars battling for the lead in short track action. This picture was shot inside of Soldier Field stadium in Chicago where USAC held stock car races for a number of years but similar photos of Mopars battling in short track action could be shot in Nascar, IMCA, ARCA, or PCLM (later Winston West series) all through the mid 60s and the early 70s.

    USACsoldierfieldScan.jpg


    Drivers in the above photo are Norm Nelson in the #1, Sal Tovella in the #4, and Don White in the #2. Another Mopar is on the outside of Nelson but I can't make out who it is.
     
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    More reposts of pictures I had originally posted in #8 and #9 on this thread which got "lost" in the transition to the new provider. The first is of the car that Norm Nelson drove to the USAC Championship in 1966 and the second is the Nelson owned car that Jim Hurtubise drove to a win in Nascar's Atlanta 500 in 1966.
    USACNormNelsonScan.jpg

    USACHurturbiseScan.jpg

    I might also ad that Norm Nelson was also the owner of the car that Roger McClusky drove to the USAC stock car championship in '69 and '70 and shown in post #50 above.
     
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    Any photos around of the #12 '69 Charger of Bay Darnell?

    Any pics around of the #17 '70 Charger of Harry Cooper?

    Lastly - any pics of the #6 blue Daytona driven by Gary Bettenhausen at Pocono, Sept. 1971 ?
    (Other than these two.)
    GAryBPocono71crop.jpg

    Bettenhausenvi.jpg
     
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  15. Jerry Simcik

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    Was that still a COG car in '71? I quite like Baker's red #6.
     
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    Nothing to do with COG. We're talking USAC here, not Nascar!

    Bay Darnell updated his #12 '69 Charger to Daytona status and sold it to Gary Bettenhausen.
    Gary raced it only once at Pocono, in the configuration you see in the photos.
    It then sat around a bit and was sold to Harry Cooper.
    Nose and wing were yanked off and Harry ran it as a #17 1970 Charger, in 1972.

    Musical cars! :)
     
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    "Any photos around of the #12 '69 Charger of Bay Darnell?

    Any pics around of the #17 '70 Charger of Harry Cooper?

    Lastly - any pics of the #6 blue Daytona driven by Gary Bettenhausen at Pocono, Sept. 1971 ?
    (Other than these two
    .)"



    Nope.....I don't have any of the Darnell car right now but I do remember seeing some somewhere. I'll search when I have more time. While we are discussing some of the less famous USAC Mopar drivers, here is one with a pretty good record - Lem Blankenship, who ran USAC stock cars from 1970 thru '72. He was a team mate of Ramo Stott's for a good part of that time. Lem never won a USAC stock car race but finished 2nd 6 times!

    Blankenship winged car.jpg [/QUOTE]
     
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    My buddy Doug Schellinger owns that #77 car. Original sheet metal!
    I saw that car run at MIS a few times. Ramo won the Arca race at Daytona in 1970 with it.
    First SuperBird win, ever.

    Reason I have renewed interest in the 3 cars I mentioned above is that they are all the same chassis.
    Here's the car today - as it sits in my garage, bought 2 years ago as a parts car for my #88 Daytona.
    It had an Aspen body put on the shortened up chassis in 1976 - never finished or raced again.
    Cut down Nichels car - now a Kit Car .jpg
    I found out the other day the information I shared above.
    Yes - I was shocked!
     
  19. Jerry Simcik

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    Oh, man - I got my threads very confused. Thanks for the clarification!
     
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    Vintage MoPar stock cars can be exciting!
    No big deal, at all. Lots of different series and sanctioning bodies - only so many numbers to go around!
     

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