Dodge Charger Returns
October 4, 2004 | 3:04 P.M. EST
Dodge Charger Historical Facts
Dodge Charger in NASCAR: 1966-1977
Total Dodge Charger Wins: 124 (six earned in winged Charger Daytonas)
Most Charger Wins by a Driver:
First Dodge Charger NASCAR Win: Earl Balmer, Feb. 25, 1966, Daytona Int'l Speedway, (40 laps/100 miles/2.5-mile track) – Balmer led one lap en route to winning the 100-mile qualifying race in a No. 3 Dodge Charger owned by Ray Fox.
Last Dodge Charger NASCAR Win: Neil Bonnett, Nov. 20, 1977, Ontario Motor Speedway (200 laps/500 miles/2.5-mile track) – Bonnett drove a No. 5 Dodge bought by Jim Stacy from Nord Krauskopf of K&K Insurance to victory in the season-ending Los Angeles Times 500, leading eight times for 96 laps in his first superspeedway win. Bonnett passed Richard Petty with five laps to go and blocked his last-lap maneuver to win by two car lengths.
Drivers Who Won in a Dodge Charger:
NASCAR Drivers Who Drove a Charger During a Championship Season:
David Pearson (1966)
Bobby Isaac (1970)
Richard Petty (1972, 1974, 1975)
Winged Wars: Sept. 14, 1969 – Richard Brickhouse's No. 99 Nichels Engineering Dodge Charger Daytona (originally to be driven by Charlie Glotzbach) is the first "winged" stock car to win a NASCAR race. Brickhouse earns his first and only career victory amid a Professional Drivers Association boycotted Talladega 500 – the inaugural race at Alabama Int'l Motor Speedway.
200.447 MPH: March 24, 1970 – Buddy Baker becomes auto racing's first driver officially timed completing a closed-course lap at more than 200 miles per hour. Baker piloted his Cotton Owens owned No. 88 Dodge Charger Daytona to a top lap speed of 200.447 mph at Talladega Superspeedway.