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28-year-old Marcis

Dave 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 Wing

Richard 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 Wing

Dave 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 Joe

Buddy 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 Debut

Talmadge 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 Winner

Pete 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 Lap

Tiny 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 Champ

Bobby 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 Buggy

Neil "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 Flight

The 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 Stop

Bobby 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.

Final Flight

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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