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1969 Daytona 500; New Car Old Engine; February 23, 1969

At the 1969 Daytona 500 the Ford Talladega was they only Blue Oval aero car approved for racing and the new Boss 429 was not yet on the NASCAR approved list. That meant that Ford had to go back and pull out the old 1968 427 race engine and put it into the new bodies. Not only that but Mercury contract drivers Cale Yarborough and LeeRoy Yarborough found themselves driving Fords! Since Mercury did not have the Spoier II cars homologated for racing those cars could not enter the Daytona 500. How could that combination beat the Dodge Charger 500 and its Hemi?

Watch this video to the very end for some excellent racing the way it use to be Back in the Day.

Lee Roy Yarbrough and his Ford Talladega by Junior Johnson were the top combination at Daytona in 1969.

Here is how they finished.

 

Fin. Pos. Str. Car Pos. Car No. Driver Laps Money Car
1 19 98 LeeRoy Yarbrough 200 $38,950 Ford
2 4 6 Charlie Glotzbach 200 $18,425 Dodge
3 7 27 Donnie Allison 199 $13,275 Ford
4 9 11 A.J. Foyt 199 $5,800 Ford
5 1 3 Buddy Baker 198 $10,050 Dodge
6 3 17 David Pearson 198 $5,600 Ford
7 11 88 Benny Parsons 197 $3,000 Ford
8 12 43 Richard Petty 196 $3,150 Ford
9 50 58 Andy Hampton 191 $2,500 Dodge
10 16 96 Ray Elder 190 $2,935 Dodge
11 23 8 Vic Elford 188 $2,650 Dodge
12 21 3 Richard Brickhouse 188 $3,560 Plymouth
13 31 39 Friday Hassler 187 $3,460 Chevrolet
14 14 25 Jabe Thomas 187 $2,495 Plymouth
15 15 48 James Hylton 185 $2,445 Dodge
16 20 6 Neil Castles 185 $2,385 Plymouth
17 44 30 Dave Marcis 181 $2,260 Chevrolet
18 22 45 Bill Seifert 179 $2,335 Ford
19 39 80 Frank Warren 178 $2,245 Chevrolet
20 29 64 Elmo Langley 178 $2,285 Ford
21 43 75 George Bauer 176 $2,205 Dodge
22 26 44 Dub Simpson 176 $1,420 Dodge
23 30 10 Bill Champion 176 $1,395 Ford
24 38 19 Henley Gray 173 $1,355 Ford
25 47 0 Don Tarr 172 $1,345 Chevrolet
26 37 8 E.J. Trivette 171 $1,345 Chevrolet
27 34 47 Cecil Gordon 170 $1,360 Ford
28 13 67 Buddy Arrington 170 $1,610 Dodge
29 48 34 Wendell Scott 168 $1,105 Ford
30 7 1 Bobby Isaac 150 $3,400 Dodge
31 32 33 Wayne Smith 148 $1,350 Chevrolet
32 33 32 Dick Brooks 140 $1,345 Plymouth
33 18 29 Ramo Stott 139 $1,410 Plymouth
34 24 76 Ben Arnold 133 $1,370 Ford
35 39 26 Earl Brooks 130 $1,275 Ford
36 10 41 Swede Savage 123 $2,520 Mercury
37 27 18 Dick Johnson 104 $1,345 Ford
38 5 21 Cale Yarborough 103 $2,560 Mercury
39 35 70 J.D. McDuffie 87 $2,290 Buick
40 42 7 Bobby Johns 67 $1,205 Chevrolet
41 6 99 Paul Goldsmith 62 $1,600 Dodge
42 8 13 Bobby Unser 56 $1,400 Ford
43 40 22 Bobby Allison 45 $1,160 Dodge
44 17 1 Pete Hamilton 44 $1,885 Dodge
45 41 4 John Sears 41 $965 Ford
46 45 69 Bill Kimmel 30 $900 Chevrolet
47 25 36 H.B. Bailey 24 $1,940 Pontiac
48 28 53 Billy Taylor 20 $870 Pontiac
49 46 82 Dick Poling 19 $760 Dodge
50 36 57 Roy Mayne 19 $725 Dodge

Richard

Some of my first and strongest memories from my childhood relate to cars. I still remember when things happened based on what car I was driving at the time. I grew up and lived in Iowa for nearly 40 years before moving to Southern California and now live in Tennessee. I was a Corvette fanatic for years but then re-discovered vintage American Muscle. My wife, Katrina, and I decided we wanted to focus on unique and rare muscle cars. After a lot of research we fell in love with the Ford Blue Oval Aero Cars. These were only built in 1969 and and aerodynamics became an important part of winning races. The only purpose of these limited production cars was to win NASCAR races using the Boss 429 and 427 power plants complimented with a special, wind cheating, aerodynamic body. The Ford Talladega and Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II are terrific and historic cars. This site is devoted to these car and their owners past and present. We provide an Online Registry for recording the long term history and ownership of every remaining Talladega, Spoiler and Spoiler II.

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