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Outlawed-#10 In A Series Of 12

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OUTLAWED-#10 In a Series of 12

To help counter the advantages the rebodied mid-sized Ford products had in '68, Chrysler did a little fine tuning on their slippery new Charger. A couple of minor "tweaks" made a world of difference on the new Charger 500 and the boys from Dearborn back to playing "catch up" again

Ford looked at the flush rear window, which they already had, (wonder just how fast Smokey's Chevelle would have been with a rear window change?) and a new flush grill which the Fords didn't have. As in any good "peeing" contest, you take what the other guy does and do him one better. This particular occasion was no different.

Ford decided to not only make the grill flush but also make the grill and, in the process, the frontal area a little smaller by adding a sloping fender extention, new grill and a modified rear bumper to replace the stock front bumper. When all the dust and shavings had settled at the FoMoCo whittling session the Mopars were back to square one and the Blue Oval Boys were back in business with a new weapon named for Fance's brand new superspeedway, Talladega.

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LeeRoy took both Daytona races and also won at Charlotte, Darlington, Atlanta and Rockingham as the first man to win at all five superspeedways in a single season. With the new bodywork, LeeRoy's ability behind the wheel and the tried and true 427 engine, Ford didn't really need anything else. But for the long suffering Mopar teams, it seems kinda unfair that he also had a certain ex-whiskey running chicken farmer from Wilkes County calling the shots on his car from the pits along with one of Holman Moody's secret weapons that helped them "Nab" numerous victories as his chief mechanic.

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Ford NASCARS are ones that I like. ;) This is when NASCAR was REAL racing with REAL cars and REAL pit crews! :D

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