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URL: http://riceornot.ricecop.com/?auto=36819
Submitted by: DiRF
Comments: 8  (Read/Post)     Favorites: 0  (View)
Submitted on: 11-16-2004
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Here's something I bet not many of you knew...

Mopar WAS involved in stock car racing in the late '80s/early '90s, but not in NASCAR.

This is an ARCA series Chrysler LeBaron stock car. IIRC, in 1989, a driver finished pretty high up in the points standings driving a LeBaron.


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11-16-2004 @ 09:17:26 PM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
Ah, here we go:
When Chrysler and its Mopar brand wanted to make an "unofficial" entry into oval track racing, ARCA was an outlet. Jerry Churchill's LeBaron caused quite a stir in 1989 when it was built at Norman Negree's North Carolina shop and tested, and eventually raced, at Atlanta. With its narrow greenhouse, this car had wind tunnel and superspeedway written all over it. This time, however, the car stuck around. In fact, Mopar cars were seen in ARCA racing through the 1998 season. Roy Payne, a driver towing all the way from Alabama for the entire ARCA schedule, not only won the rookie-of-the-year, but also a top ten points finish. Not to be outdone, former ARCA Champ (1989) Bob Keselowski brought his Black LeBaron home second in points and led that year's event winners with four. The Mopar move continued with a fervor and was recently extended by Roger Blackstock, driving an Avenger and nabbing himself a few poles along the way.

11-16-2004 @ 09:20:13 PM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
#1, The LeBaron could have possibly been used in Nascar competition, but AFAIK, the Avenger would NOT be able to be used, as it was not built in America (unless they are, and I'm just misinformed)

11-16-2004 @ 09:29:31 PM
Posted By : Skid Reply | Edit | Del
I believe the Avenger itself was built in the U.S., but they used Mitsubishi donks.

11-16-2004 @ 09:36:19 PM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
#3, Ah. Well, I know it was on a stretched Eclipse/Galant chassis too, so it wasn't just the engine that was Mitsu...and I remember reading that the design of the body of the Avenger (and the Sebring and Stratus coupes, both generations) were done by Mitsu also.

9-09-2006 @ 11:44:51 PM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
Ah, here's another ARCA Chrysler from the '90s http://photo.ricecop.com/pics/arca.jpg

2-21-2013 @ 05:14:58 PM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
The last name of the driver of that car should be familiar now... Bob Keselowski... father of Brad.

10-26-2014 @ 01:14:44 AM
Posted By : ricerocketboy Reply | Edit | Del
#3, Mitsubishi donk you say?


peep diz y0.


or diz one, playa :P

10-26-2014 @ 01:58:55 AM
Posted By : Skid Reply | Edit | Del
#7, Oh goddammit. >_<

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