Remembering the first 200 MPH Stock Car

June 1st, 2021 Chris Phillip
Remembering the first 200 MPH Stock Car
These days, just stroll into your Dodge dealer and pick out a Charger Hellcat with a top speed of 203 mph.

Back in 1969, however, Dodge was the first manufacturer to break the 200 mph closed-course speed record and they did it with this Daytona, which sat on pole at the Inaugural Talladega 500 in September 1969 with a top speed of 199.446 mph. It was then proven to 205 mph at the Chelsea Proving Grounds in July 1969.

"Powering the wing car is the venerable 426-cubic-inch Hemi, providing 575 horsepower to the rear wheels through a four-speed transmission. The V8 is fitted with a dry-sump oiling system, which allowed Chrysler engineers to lower the engine in the car for better aerodynamics." (Source:

It wasn't long before a NASCAR record was broken when Cotton Owens and Buddy Baker broke the 200-mph record on a NASCAR track at the Alabama International Motor Speedway on April 12, 1970.

Today, these winged warriors are holy grails of the muscle-car era and you might just find one on RYNO classifieds.

So, when you get in your Charger Hellcat and brag about it being capable of 203 mph, know that Dodge set that benchmark over 50 years ago.