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Notice the size of those dirt tires?

And still marked 8.00-8.20-15 !!!!!
 

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No, I have some dirt tires. Easy to read right in front of you! :cool:
 

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The first 4 minutes of that video are pretty much a FoMoCo commercial. After that, it gets a lot better ;).

Also, quite a few errors - particularly one about 5 min & 45 seconds in where Ronney Householder, the Chrysler "Tzar" of circle track programs (shown with Don White & Ray Nichels) is identified as a "USAC official".
 

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The first 4 minutes of that video are pretty much a FoMoCo commercial. After that, it gets a lot better ;).

Also, quite a few errors - particularly one about 5 min & 45 seconds in where Ronney Householder, the Chrysler "Tzar" of circle track programs (shown with Don White & Ray Nichels) is identified as a "USAC official".
I found it interesting that most of the drivers driving Ford products at the beginning were later in Mopars.
 

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I found it interesting that most of the drivers driving Ford products at the beginning were later in Mopars.
IIRC, they were all getting at least a little factory support from FoMoCO vs 0 support for any race teams from Chrysler. When Lynn Townsend gave the order to go racing and to win, Ronney Householder, Chrysler's "Manager of Circuit High Performance Competition", immediately hooked up with Ray Nichels' operation. Within a year, they had such a successful package that it didn't take much to get Norm Nelson, Don White, Sal Tovella, Jim Hurtubise, and some others to switch to Mopars. Ford did manage to keep some of the top USAC drivers in their fold, particularly of note Parnelli Jones (who still is a part owner of a SoCal Ford dealership), Mario Andretti, AJ Foyt (after a year driving a Nichels' Mopar), and later, Jack Bowsher. If you haven't already seen it, I posted part of Wm McDow's history of the Ray Nichel's Mopar USAC performance operation back on post #231 of this thread.
 

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Photo (shared from Facebook) of dirt track action from DuQuoin, Ill in Sept '64. The Nichels' Dodges are being piloted by Indy car drivers Joe Leonard and Len Sutton. They finished 1st and 2nd. Don White, still driving a Ford, is shown behind them. He finished 24th. Mopars took 5 of the top 6 spots at the finish.

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Ramo Stott was still using his Bird on the larger tracks... Lem Blankenship drove it a few times, too, that year.
 

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Photo (shared from Facebook) of Roger McClusky (#2) and Butch Hartman (#75) in action @ Milwaukee in 1973. Hartman got around McClusky and won the race. McClusky finished 2nd. The race was a 1 - 4 Mopar sweep even though USAC had already allowed "pony cars" to enter the race against the larger wheel based cars.

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Photo (shared from Facebook) of the Chris Vallo owned Plymouth driven by Bobby Unser at the USAC Michigan race in 1971. Note the filled in grille. Unser finished 3rd in the race which was won by Roger McClusky in his Superbird.

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Photo (shared from Facebook) of Roger McClusky (#2) and Butch Hartman (#75) in action @ Milwaukee in 1973. Hartman got around McClusky and won the race. McClusky finished 2nd. The race was a 1 - 4 Mopar sweep even though USAC had already allowed "pony cars" to enter the race against the larger wheel based cars.

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I certainly remember Butch Hartman from back in the day. He's an Ohio-born guy, as I am. He's from Zanesville. I just went online to find out that he died back in 1994, sorry to say.

As I mentioned elsewhere, I got into NASCAR back in 1969. And, of course, also liked the USAC stock car races back in the day.
 

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I got into NASCAR back in 1969. And, of course, also liked the USAC stock car races back in the day.
I beat you by about 6 years. Living on the West Coast, I never attended a USAC race live but I did follow that series religiously by reading their results in "Competition Press", "Racing Wheels", and stock car racing mags once Mopars started to dominate their racing. I also saw the USAC drivers when they came out to race at the Riverside track. Their drivers put in the best showings for Mopar at that track for most of the 1960s,
 

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Photo (shared from Facebook) of the almost stock looking '64 Dodge of Eddie Meyer in the USAC race at Langhorne, PA in 1966. Eddie finished 8th in the race. The 7 drivers who finished ahead of him were all driving Mopars.



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Photo (shared from Facebook) of Paul Goldsmith on his way to victory @ Langhorne Speedway in a Ray Nichels' team '63 Plymouth. He led a 1 - 3 Mopar sweep of the race. The race was in Sept, 1963, about 4 months before the first appearance of the 426" Hemis in Stock Car competitions so these Mopars were all still 426 wedge powered.

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