The Reason NASCAR Banned The Legendary Dodge Charger Daytona

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From Talladega to Daytona, the Charger Daytona was a monster for anyone racing against it. It was the first stock car to hit 200mph on a track. 

Over the 1969 and 1970 seasons, the aerodynamic Charger won six races. It’s cousin from Plymouth, the Superbird, won eight races (via Motortrend). Ford attempted to follow up with its own cars, the Ford Torino Talladega and the less-subtly named Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II. These vehicles, with their wild aerodynamics were dubbed the “Aero Cars.” And NASCAR didn’t like them one bit. 

NASCAR banned the ludicrous wings and nose cones after just a year. The Daytona was just too good at racing. 

Overall, Dodge made just 503 Charger Daytonas before setting its sights on more pedestrian cars. Nowadays, Charger Daytonas are incredibly rare, and seeing one in person is special. Surviving examples sell for absurd amounts. Even dilapidated barn finds demand huge prices at auction. 

Over 50 years later, the Charger Daytona is remembered as a prime example of function over form. It looked wild and raced like it too. 

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