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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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    "That" #9 car of Don White was his 'speedway'/ pavement car. He built it for the 72 season. His other car, DC-93, was used on shorter tracks and dirt.

    That speedway car eventually was cut down and rebodied to a "kit car" Aspen in 1976. It's still around. I heard a guy in Wisconsin owns it.
    dodn white dodge aspen kit car NOT  the old #88 - good thing.png
     
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    Great shot (shared from Facebook) of Norm Nelson's '65 Belvedere at what appears to be the Milwaukee Mile track.

    Norm Nelson's '65 Belvedere @ Milwaukee.jpg
     
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    Look how high those old cars sit!
     
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    They weren't built from the ground up as bare chassis vehicles. Most actually came off the assembly lines as half finished vehicles, so were truly "stock" cars. I had a race fan buddy that worked in the old Chrysler factory in southeast L.A. and he was often telling me about their pushing "body-in-white"s half finished off of the assembly lines to be picked up by racing teams, some of which we were very familiar with. The factory produced "B-bodied" vehicles for many years before it was closed in the 70s.
     
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    One of the coolest things ever was finding out exactly how they built my car at Nichels Engineering in late 68.
    It was the first Dodge Charger 500 built with the body set 1.5 degrees nose down, relative to the flat chassis.
    John Pointer told me the Charger 500 liked to be "wedge shaped" to cut the air better. The Plymouth Road Runner body did not respond the same, so they were built with no additional rake in the body.

    The use of the dry sump crossmember allowed the engine to be lower in the chassis, thus allowing the hood line to come down.
    The "pivot point" of the body to chassis is where the driver sits. Everything in front dips. Everything behind him rises.
     
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    Great shot of Roger McClusky battling Don White on an unspecified dirt track (shared from Pinterest);

    McClusky vs Don White on dirt.jpg
     
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    Don White won his 50th victory in Nichels chassis numbered DC-93 when it was running the 'updated' 1973 Charger body.


    Sedalia, Mo. (May 27, 1974) - Don White of Keokuk, Iowa, a two-time United States Auto Club (USAC) stock-car champion, won the 50th feature of his career Monday by capturing the 100-lap main event on the half-mile track at the Missouri State Fairgrounds.
    A crowd of 4,500 was on hand to see the races that were postponed from Sunday by rain.

    White, driving a 1973 Dodge, and Ernie Derr, also of Keokuk, who finished second in 1972 Dodge, were the only leaders. White led the first four laps, Derr from lap 5 to 35 and then White, who will be 48 years old next month, the remaining distance.

    The first four finishers were from the Hawkeye state as Irv Janey, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 1973 Plymouth, and Ramo Stott, Keokuk, in 1974 Plymouth, were third and fourth, respectively.

    It turned out to be two races on the track. Derr, who finished second Friday night in Knoxville, Iowa to Butch Hartman, the current USAC champion, chased White to the limit. Janey, who was third in the Knoxville teacher, two, had to hold off Stott in a tremendous duel for third place.

    Hartman was never a factor in this one as he was credited with 14th place after going out with transmission troubles after 80 laps.

    In taking the lead for good on the 36th lap White drove underneath Derr going around turns one and two.

    “I wanted Derr in front for a while just to see where he would run,” White said of his strategy of giving up the lead briefly.

    “The original plan was to change the right rear tire at about 50 laps,” commented the winner, “but the track conditions didn't change that much and the tires weren't wearing as much as anticipated.”

    White collected $1,660 of the nearly $10,000 purse.
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    A relative rarity - how many '70 Dodge Coronet/Super Bees did anyone see in action back in the day? This photo (shared from Pinterest) shows racing action from a USAC race @ the Milwaukee Mile in 1970. Race statistics show the #7 Coronet was being driven by Dave Whitcomb. Sal Tovella is in the winged Mopar and drove it to 3rd in one of the Milwaukee races that year.

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    Like the Bird!
    Bee? Not so much.
     
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    "Birds and Bees" :D

    Obviously nothing can match a winged Mopar for status and appearance but once they were back to stock bodies, I kinda like those '70 "Bees".

    Here's another one from a USAC Facebook site which, imo, is a nice appearing race vehicle;

    Giesen's USAC '70 Coronet.jpg
    Poster says it was driven by George Giesen and accompanying comments say it was an older Nichels car re-skinned.
     
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    It's those goofy headlight openings on the #7.
     
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    Great photo from "Midwest Racing News" of USAC rookie sensation Billy Foster in action in 1966;

    Billy Foster in USAC action photo.jpg

    Billy Foster was killed practicing @ Riverside the next year (story in posts #80 & 81 of this thread).
     
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    Great shot (shared from Facebook) of Don White's Dodge Charger being flagged the winner @ Milwaukee in 1966. Check out the crowded grandstands.

    Don White winning @ Milwaukee '66.jpg
     
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    Same car featured in a Dodge ad in 1967. A bit of hyperbole about winning "at Indy" but Mopar knew how to draw attention to their winning drivers (and there were plenty of them) back in those days.

    Don White in Dodge ad '67.jpg
     
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    Dodge used Don White again in their 1968 ads;

    Don White in Dodge ad '68.jpg
     
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    Photo of Billy Foster in a Rudy Hoerr Dodge racing @ Milwaukee in 1964 (shared from Pinterest);

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    Results from the 1975 Wisc. State Fair USAC stock car race @ Milwaukee. It was a 1 - 6 Mopar sweep, not an unusual occurrence in the late 60s and early 70s.

    USAC 1975 Wisc State Fair results.jpg
     
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