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The Evolution of the Stock Car (1965-1969)

On Oct. 19, 1964, NASCAR issued new rules for the 1965 NASCAR Grand National campaign designed to curb speeds and increase the focus on safety.  The engine displacement remained unchanged, but special limited edition engines were banned, including the Chrysler Hemi. Chrysler packed up and pulled out of NASCAR in protest. Richard Petty would not defend his championship, and top contenders David Pearson, Paul Goldsmith, Bobby Isaac, Jim Paschal, and LeeRoy Yarbrough were on the sidelines.  It was a season marked by protest and controversy.  In February, Fred Lorenzen won a rain-shortened Daytona 500, finishing a lap ahead of runner-up Darel Dieringer. Fords and Mercurys took the top 13 positions as the factory Chrysler team continued it...

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