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Discussion in 'Historical' started by Beentherebefore, Sep 30, 2013.
Experts know there is no way na$car can influence the outcome of a race due to the money involved.
Found this on Hemmings today...................not Mopars but a couple of Mercury's from a great era. Notice the flared exhaust outlets.
1963 Darlington 500. Joe Weatherly (#8) in his Mercury leads Darel Dierenger (#26) in his Mercury. Photo courtesy Ford Motorsports History.
Those Mercs were powerful race machines. The #8 car was owned by Bud Moore whom we talked about on the previous page. This was the car that Joe Weatherly was killed in after crashing at Riverside in 1964 (video back in post #754).
I prefer this one - no "Brand C" stuff polluting the images.............
Found this pic of Ontario Motor Speedway in the early 1970's. Lots of Mopars
I think I posted some stuff about Ontario earlier in this thread. I'm up there in the stands somewhere. Notice the 3 wide start, the only track that provided that in modern Nascar history. Ontario was trying to cross-promote Nascar and Indy car races which do start 3 wide @ some tracks.
To give you an idea of the scope of this race and the comparatively large purse, there were 51 starters in the '71 Nascar Ontario race plus another 31 cars that didn't qualify. For the '72 race, they started 51 cars and had 62 more that didn't qualify! Included in those was Charlie Glotzbach in the Cotten Owens' #6.
After Freddie Lorenzen in the Nichels Plymouth #99 dropped out (he had led over 40 laps), there was still a pretty formidable Mopar battle line to contend for the win - Isaac, Petty, Baker, & Hamilton in this shot;
Unfortunately, this was also the view from the rear view mirror of AJ Foyt in the Woods Bros Merc who went on to win the race. Buddy Baker finished 2nd, Petty finished 3rd, Isaac finished 4th, and Dick brooks finished 5th in a Mario Rossi '70 Dodge.
Pearson in a Cotton Owens Dodge 1966
Pearson at Pikes Peak 1965
Billy Fosters Dodge
Foster was a real (Canadian) rookie sensation who was killed in a crash @ Riverside in 1967. Story on pages 4 - 5 on the USAC historical thread.
I asked Maurice Petty one time if they really used this stuff. He said they only used for engine assembly!!!!!!!!!!!!
Photo (shared from Pinterest) of Bunkie Blackburn in his Ray Fox prepared #3 Dodge on his way to winning the 1968 Permatex race @ Daytona. Bunkie Balckburn also drove for the Pettys intermittently in the early mid-60s. The car he is battling with is Red Farmer in a rare appearance in a Mopar. The Permatex series later became the Busch series and is now the Xfinity series.
Before Buddy Baker made history in the #88 Dodge Daytona there was the #88 Impala Super Sport.
Before that Impala he drove this '65 Fury. He finished 2nd with it at the Daytona Firecracker 400 race in 1965, disproving Chrysler's contention that the "C" bodied Mopars couldn't be race contenders with a 426 Hemi under the hood (which might explain why he didn't get Mopar help the next year and ended up having to race that Impala ).
Before the Fury he raced this...................
Before running the '62 Chrysler shown in the post above, Buck Baker raced this '61 Chrysler in Nascar. As ungainly (and stock) as it looks, Buck Baker won the Nascar race on the 1/3 mile dirt track at Hartsville Speedway in S.C. in this car. He also got a 2nd and a 3rd with it in the two races held @ Hickory Speedway that year plus 5 other top 5's.
(Photo shared from Pinterest)
Some more on Buck Baker's Mopar rides. In 1956, he won the Nascar Grand National (now Cup series) Championship driving one of the Kiekhaefer Chrysler 300's (photos shared from Pinterest).