The Charger was starting to lose its edge in 1968, so Dodge
created the Charger 500 in 1969. It had a more flush grill
and restyled rear window for better aerodynamics. They did
not do as well as expected, so Dodge stepped up to the plate
and created the Charger Daytona in mid-1969.
The Daytona was basically the Charger 500 with:
- 18-in fiberglass nose extension
- Fender-top scoops (for tire clearance)
- 2-ft high rear trunk spoiler
The Daytona weighed about 300-lbs more than the Charger 500.
So while it was not necessarily faster on the street, the
added aerodynamic forces made it killer on the track. It
won about a quarter of the races during its two seasons.
In 1971, NASCAR changed the rules requiring winged cars to
be powered by a maximum of 305-ci motors.
Production figures (503 total):
- 433 with the 440
- 70 with the 426 Hemi
Bobby Isaac, sponsored by K&K Insurance, set the world
closed-course record of 201.104 MPH. At Bonneville,
Bobby also set the unlimited class speed record with
an astounding 217 MPH.