How the 1955 Chrysler 300 Dominated NASCAR

1955 Chrysler C-300

The 2012 NASCAR season is here, with the Daytona 500 set to run on Sunday. We thought it’d be fun to revisit one of the most dominant stock-cars ever produced: the 1955 Chrysler C-300. It was a combination of brawn, brains, and beauty the likes of which racing had never seen.

In the 1950’s, NASCAR rules mandated that cars run “strictly stock.”  Chrysler introduced a new C-300 in 1955, a luxurious powerhouse with the 331 CI hemispherical head V8 engine (the “Hemi”) under the hood that could produce 300 horsepower. No American car had ever produced that much power.

The C-300 won an astounding 27 races in 1955, including 18 of the NASCAR races in which it entered. Lee Petty (Richard Petty’s father) and NASCAR Hall-of-Famer Tim Flock both drove a C-300 and battled for series supremacy throughout the season. Ultimately it was Flock who emerged victorious, both at the Daytona Beach race in the sand and as the eventual 1955 NASCAR Grand National champion.

The 2012 NASCAR season kicks off at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, February 26.

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