Video: Classic Dodge Charger NASCAR Action, Part Two

 

As promised, we’ve dusted off the second half of our vintage NASCAR footage for the internet masses. This time, the Charger 500 racers head to the Charlotte 600 to do battle with the rest of the heavy metal from Detroit. We’ll warn you; this footage isn’t for the squeamish. With the Dodge team fighting hard for the lead, there’s plenty of wrinkled sheet metal and unconventional bodywork. Let’s just say no one wants to see anyone take a sledgehammer to a 1969 Dodge Charger 500.
 

To us, these races represent some of the best moments in NASCAR history. With those big-body cars fighting around the track with huge displacement engines, it’s the kind of spectacle we aren’t likely to see ever again. The season in the footage we’ve uploaded would later see the wild Charger Daytona hit the scene with its long nose and massive rear wing. That race car would go on to change NASCAR forever – but in these races, the Charger 500 looks nearly identical to the car anyone could pick up from the dealer down the street. It just doesn’t get any cooler. Take a look at the footage to see what we mean, and be sure to check out the first half if you missed it earlier this week.


  • SUBLIME

    RLD, that is really good stuff, maybe you can make a similar commercial for the new 2011 Charger. You did win the Nationwide Championship so you should take advantage of the situation.

  • HEMIhead

    Wow! Times have changed. I like Mrs. Hurst – She gets my vote.

  • HEMIhead

    Sublime, I doubt you’ll find anything with a modern day charger on it from Dodge. They only
    ever mention the new challenger body in reference to the Nationwide Championship. Try to
    find any “Dodge” merchandise (t-shirts, etc…) with the 2006 – present Charger being promoted
    on it. Nada. They don’t even think it’s worth buying. Get the Challenger!

  • Jon Olafsson

    YEAH, STOMP THAT HOOD DOWN!

  • 68ChargerRT

    What a great production. How do I get a copy of these on DVD?

  • JohnT65

    Wow that was real racing….imagine getting to take pieces off the cars after it was crashed for a souvenier! amazing!

  • A100guy

    Cool, thanks RLD………

  • mopardoguhnut

    This was really cool. Dodge Chargers are my favorite car and always will be. I have my 74 CHARGER i drove to high school and i am fixing it up on a budget. This showed NASCAr will it was real stock cars. GO CHARGER!!!!!

  • tr4petty

    Loved the clip guys but GEEZ . . . . . you can’t dig up an old clip like that showing the “King” Richard Petty kicking Ford, Chevy, Buick Pontiac, Mercury, Olds, butt in his Plymouths or Dodges?!? You had to pick the one year back then when Richard Petty drove a Ford because Chrysler wouldn’t let him switch from the Plymouths to the sleeker Dodge bodied cars? Sometimes I think that you guys don’t appreciate the King and what he’s done for Mopars at all!

  • HEMIhead

    Well, tr4petty, we’ve gone full circle now haven’t we? The King is again driving Fords because of
    a decision again made by Chrysler. The only icon they seem to revere is Don Garlits. I love Don Garlits to death. He is the true Mopar NHRA living Legend. And Don even said himself that “The King” is the most humbling American he has ever met, and a true hero. So Dodge let’s get that
    True Hero back! I won’t be letting up on this anytime soon.

  • tr4petty

    HEMIhead, I won’t either! Getting the King of Nascar back into the Dodge camp (the brand that we all know he favors) should be THE MAJOR priority of Dodge Motorsports! I love Don Garlits too. I’ve been to his museum in Ocala, Florida. I’ve got a picture of my daughter sitting in one of his early hemi-powered top fuelers when she was about 5 yrs old; she’s 28 now. Don has been great for the Mopar brand but Richard Petty has been better and could be a huge marketing tool for Dodge if they would get him back and use him!