Dodge Charger Returns

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - The Dodge Charger will return to Dodge showrooms and NASCAR race tracks around the country in 2005.

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:

  • Richard Petty – 37
  • Bobby Isaac – 36
  • David Pearson – 17

    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:

  • Earl Balmer – (1966)
  • Charlie Glotzbach – (1968, 1970)
  • David Pearson – (1966-67)
  • Richard Brickhouse – (1969)
  • Sam McQuagg – (1966)
  • Ray Elder – (1971-72)
  • LeeRoy Yarbrough – (1966-67)
  • Richard Petty – (1973-77)
  • Bobby Allison – (1967, 1969-71)
  • Dave Marcis – (1975-76)
  • Buddy Baker – (1967-68, 1970-73)
  • Neil Bonnett – (1977)
  • Bobby Isaac – (1968-1972)

    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.
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