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URL: http://riceornot.ricecop.com/?auto=45063
Submitted by: DiRF
Comments: 23  (Read/Post)     Favorites: 0  (View)
Submitted on: 10-07-2005
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Richard Petty's 1978 Dodge Magnum. The car that killed his consecutive years with at least one win streak.

He went winless, and if he hadn't switched to GM products towards the end of the season, he probably would have finished outside the top-10 in points.

1979 would be different, he would win the Daytona 500 in an Olds, and go on to win his 7th championship driving a variety of GM cars.


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3-20-2020 @ 08:34:19 PM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
Huh, interestingly enough, Petty never won a race in these Magnums, but Kyle Petty won the 1979 ARCA Daytona 200 in one of Richard's "cast-off" Magnums.

It was also Kyle Petty's first race. Not just his first ARCA race... or even first stock car race. First race. Ever. He had never raced competitively prior to that in any form.

Richard had told Kyle that he couldn't race until he was 21... but made an allowance for Kyle to run that race at 18, thinking he'd be so slow in the Magnum that it'd put a bad taste in his mouth for racing. Whoops.

3-22-2020 @ 04:11:32 AM
Posted By : Skid Reply | Edit | Del
I wonder why he didn't do well in the Magnum. It was a B-body like every other Mopar he ran, and more aerodynamic than most, too. With the very obvious exception of the Superbird, of course.

7-04-2020 @ 11:36:54 AM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
#22, Was it more aerodynamic? Aside from the scalloped, air-catching front-grille, the Charger looked to have a fair-bit more slippery shape than the Magnum... certainly had a more "fastback" profile.

I mentioned the Charger's front-grille, but, looking at the Magnum again, that thing's front fascia is pretty damned blocky and upright.

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