Much has been made of the fact that the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona was the first ever NASCAR racer to break the 200MPH top speed barrier. While it was the #88 Buddy Baker car that managed this feat, this red #71 was of other fame. Bobby Isaac, one of the finest drivers of his era, drove this very car to the Grand National championship trophy in 1970, the last year of the aero car’s dominance before NASCAR shut the party down.
And while this car wasn’t the record-breaker, it did clock in at 201+ MPH at Talladega in 1970 during the season, which was no small feat at all. In fact, the record outlived Isaac, who passed away in 1977 from a heart attack. The record itself would not be broken until 1983, by which time Dodge was no longer running factory-supported cars in NASCAR and the old-school big block V8s had all but vanished. Enjoy the photos of this legendary superspeedway monster.
-Albert S. Davis