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cowboy271
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« on: October 13, 2006, 03:27:29 AM »

I hope this is appropriate here, if not please move it.

I recently found this article.
http://www.allpar.com/racing/petty-plymouth-racing.html
It's rather lengthy and I can't verify everything the author writes about but it certainly brought about a lot of memories of the earlier years of NASCAR.

It's an article about the Petty's journey with Chrysler, but also Ford, and NASCAR'S iron fist rule.

It's a really interesting read and it makes me think (yes, I do think occasionally); the more things change, the more they stay the same.
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« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2006, 04:20:17 PM »

Great read, Cowboy, although I've only read the first couple of parts.
 I do have a couple of bones to pick with the authors conclusions, tho.
 OPPS, thetr I go, THINKING again! :-D
 Anyhow, the assertion that Ford openly violated the AMA non racing rule and that GM was squeaky clean is dead wrong. W/out going into a lot of details, all of the big 3 made "export parts" Severe usage parts, etc. I could talk about all this for days on end.
 Secondly, while a "strictly stock" J-2 Olds was a fast car, there is no way that one would run 144.9 MPH. If lee did run that fast, then his J-2 was quite modified internally. Don't forget that the Olds was a relatively big, heavy car.
 Overall, though, you are correct. This is a fun read. Thanks for the link.
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« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2006, 11:33:39 PM »

Thnaks Dick.  Glad you're enjoying it.  Regarding the AMA non racing and GM; wasn't Smokey Yunick still involved with GM during that time?  Testing camshafts for bulldozers maybe?
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« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2006, 05:13:37 PM »

Yep, those Detroit Diesels always did have a lumpy idle! :-D
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