28-year-old MarcisDave Marcis
drove his Winged #30 Dodge Daytona in many of the
superspeedway events in the 1970 NASCAR Grand
National season. At the age of 28, Marcis was
beginning his 3rd season in NASCAR's elite
series. He finished 10th in the Daytona 500 and
wound up 9th in the final point standings.
The King's WingRichard Petty
#43 leads Buddy Baker #6 through the turn at
Charlotte Motor Speedway in 1970. Petty drove his
Plymouth Superbird in 17 NASCAR Grand National
events in 1970, winning 5 times -- the most
victories posted by a driver in a Wing car. His
victories came at Rockingham, Riverside, Dover,
Atlanta and Trenton.
Baby Blue WingDave Marcis
whips his baby blue Dodge Daytona to the high
side entering the first turn at Charlotte Motor
Speedway. Marcis drove his Winged Dodge Daytona
in 19 events during the latter part of the 1969
season and 1970. His best finish in the Daytona
was 4th at Rockingham in 1969. Marcis also logged
four other top 10 finishes in his Wing Thing.
Buddy and JoeBuddy Baker
flashes his #6 Dodge past Joe Frasson in
Charlotte's 1970 World 600. Baker drove his
Cotton Owens' owned Dodge Daytona 20 times in
NASCAR Grand National competition, winning the
21st running of the Southern 500. He also
finished 2nd twice in the Wing car.
Tragic DebutTalmadge Prince #78 takes the low groove to allow room for Charlie Glotzbach #99 in the Twin 125-mile qualifier for the 1970 Daytona 500. Prince had just purchased his Winged Dodge Daytona from James Hylton and was driving in his first NASCAR Grand National event. Unfortunately, Prince lost his life in a crash a few laps after this photograph was taken. Ironically, Glotzbach won the race.
Upset WinnerPete Hamilton poses beside his #40 Petty Enterprises Plymouth SuperBird at Daytona. the gifted chauffeur pulled one of NASCAR's landmark upsets in the 1970 Daytona 500, beating 3-time champion David Pearson in a stirring late race duel. Hamilton grabbed the lead 9 laps from the finish and held off Pearson by a narrow margin.
Daytona Pace LapTiny Lund #55 and Richard Brickhouse #14 cruise through the tri-oval on the pace lap of the 1970 Daytona 500. Brickhouse finished 6th in his SuperBird while Lund wound up 13th in his Winged Dodge.
1970 NASCAR ChampBobby Isaac drove the #71 K&K Insurance Dodge to the 1970 NASCAR Grand National Championship. Isaac prevailed in what was the most competitive point race in NASCAR history. The point lead changed hands 12 times among 7 different drivers during the course of the 1970 campaign.
Soapy's BuggyNeil "Soapy" Castles drove his #06 Dodge Daytona in 16 races during the 1970 season. He logged 4 top 10 finishes in the Winged machine. Castles wound up fifth in the final 1970 NASCAR Grand National point chase and briefly sat atop the standings in March.
First FlightThe Dodge Daytona made its debut in the September 14, 1969 Talladega 500, the inaugural event at the world's fastest speedway. Richard Brickhouse drove the #99 Daytona to victory as Bobby Isaac #71 finished 4th. These were the only two Wing cars driven in the event, which was marred by a boycott of most of the NASCAR drivers.
Quick Pit StopBobby Allison pits his #22 Dodge Daytona during the running of the 1970 Alabama 500 at Talladega. Team owner Mario Rossi, at the front of the car, was an active member of the pit crew, which won the 1970 Pit Crew Championship at Rockingham.
Dick Brooks #22 and Bobby Allison #12 duel on the banks of Daytona Int'l Speedway during the 1971 Daytona 500. The event was the site of the final appearance of a Winged car in NASCAR Grand National competition. Heavy restrictions were placed on the majestic muscle cars by sanctioning NASCAR. Brooks finished 7th in the race with a 305 cubic inch engine.
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