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Don White's "Kit Car" was a cut down 72 Charger speedway car.
Good thing he didn't cut up DC-93!! :eek::eek::eek:
 

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Photo (shared from Facebook) of early action during the 1972 "Pennsylvania 500" @ Pocono. Ramo Stott is leading Richard Petty and Butch Hartman. Stott and Petty only made it about half way through the race but Hartman finished in 2nd, behind Roger McClusky's winning Plymouth. Verlin Eaker was 3rd in Terry Nichels' Dodge and Dave Marcis finished 4th in the Penske AMC Matador.

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Photo (shared from Facebook) of Bob Brevaks Dodge Magnum racing at DuQuoin in 1978. There were more Dodge Magnums racing in USAC than in Nascar. By 1978, however, USAC was allowing the shorter wheelbase "ponycars" to run in competition and the days of the "B-bodied" Mopars dominance were coming to an end. Brevak finished 12th in this car but two other Magnums did better - Tom Bigelow finished 4th and Sal Tovella finished 5th. The race was won by Don White driving a Dodge Aspen.

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Issue of SCR magazine featuring the 1972 Pocono USAC race covered in post #225 above. Cover photo shows the Mopars of McClusky, Hartman, and Petty up front so it must have been taken before the halfway mark which is when Petty dropped out with motor problems. McClusky went on to win the race in his Superbird.

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Race results from the Pocono race featured on the mag cover in post #227 above. If you count Marcis' AMC as a Mopar (it wasn't at that time), the race was a 1 - 4 Mopar sweep.

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Roger McClusky (shown on the pole on the mag cover photo) won the race by 4 laps over Butch Hartman's 2nd place car. Goodyear tooted off about this race in one of their ads which I posted back on P5 of this thread.
 

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Back 5 - 6 years ago, "Mopar Action" magazine published the Mopar related articles from Wm. LaDow's book, "The Ray Nichels Story". It was a great read. Mr LaDow has now posted those articles on Facebook with a share link. For those of you that didn't get to read it, here is the story of how Nichels Engineering was selected in 1963 by Ronney Householder, "Chrysler's Manager - Circuit High Performance Competition", to become the company's lead stock car builder. Most of Nichels early testing of his newly developed Chrysler parts was done on the USAC circuit.

There was one page missing from the article posted on Facebook so you will notice a gap in the story.

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The next article in this sequence is posted in the "Swoop of a Secret Weapon" thread.
 

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Back 5 - 6 years ago, "Mopar Action" magazine published the Mopar related articles from Wm. LaDow's book, "The Ray Nichels Story". It was a great read. Mr LaDow has now posted those articles on Facebook with a share link. For those of you that didn't get to read it, here is the story of how Nichels Engineering was selected in 1963 by Ronney Householder, "Chrysler's Manager - Circuit High Performance Competition", to become the company's lead stock car builder. Most of Nichels early testing of his newly developed Chrysler parts was done on the USAC circuit.

There was one page missing from the article posted on Facebook so you will notice a gap in the story.

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The next article in this sequence is posted in the "Swoop of a Secret Weapon" thread.
Hey, I have an oil pan and a couple of coolers like that !
 

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Riverside Raceway

1966 "Motor Trend 500"

Photo (shared from Facebook) of Norm Nelson's Plymouth in turn #6. Norm started 14th and finished 9th. IIRC, it was his first time racing at this track.

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Photos (shared from Facebook) of Chuck McWilliams' Plymouth Roadrunner with which he won 2 USAC races in 1972, had 6 other top 10's, and won ROTY. Posters on Facebook say that this is actually the former Ray Nichels' #99 Nascar race car which Freddy Lorenzen drove in 14 Nascar races in 1971 with a best finish of 2nd @ Dover, plus 5 other top-5's (note the STP decals still on the car's hood). I don't know if this is the exact same #99 Plymouth which led 52 laps @ Ontario in '71(and was the only Mopar that could consistently take the lead from AJ Foyt in the Woods Bros Merc) and was then found to have a not-up-to-spec roll cage when Lorenzen crashed and scraped the right side sheet metal off the car, exposing the whole right side of the roll cage.

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McWilliams also raced the car (still as the #99) in the 1972 Daytona ARCA race and finished 5th.
 
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