Buddy Baker won the Southern 500 at Darlington in 1970
Buddy Baker won the Southern 500 at Darlington in 1970, a much sought-after event for him since his father won it three times. Buddy's car owner, Cotton Owens, had been inducted into the Hall of Fame just two night earlier.
In the beginning ...
Dodge has announced its exodus from NASCAR at the end of 2012 - and closed its final run with the Sprint Cup championship. But that's not the first moment of glory for the manufacturer. Things really got going in 1966, when David Pearson drove for Cotton Owens, splitting time between this Dodge Coronet and the new aerodynamic Dodge Charger. Pearson ran 42 of the 49 Cup races, winning 15 of them, and finishing with 33 top 10s. For that effort, Pearson took home his first of three NASCAR Cup championships.
In 1970, Bobby Isaac poses with Nord Krauskopf's Dodge Charger Daytona at Daytona International Speedway. Isaac won Dodge's second of five championships that season.
Buddy Baker won the Southern 500 at Darlington in 1970, a much sought-after event for him since his father won it three times. Buddy's car owner, Cotton Owens, had been inducted into the Hall of Fame just two nights earlier - and this gave Dodge it's 100th win.
Richard Petty won his fourth Daytona 500 in 1973 behind the wheel of the Petty Enterprises Dodge Charger. No driver was ever more synonymous with the brand.
Back in business
Dodge left the sport for a while, but returned with owner Ray Evernham. It was a winning move. Here, Evernham and driver Bill Elliott celebrate with team members after winning the pole position for the Daytona 500 in 2001.
Line 'em up
In 2001, Dodge's lineup was run by team owners (left to right) Bill Davis, Ray Evernham, Chip Ganassi, Felix Sabates, Richard Petty and Mark Melling.
On Aug. 19, 2001, Sterling Marlin celebrates winning his first race in his Ganassi Racing Dodge Intrepid R/T during the Pepsi 400 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. It was Dodge’s first win after returning to NASCAR in 2001.
Gimme a kiss
Bill Elliott and his team took Dodge to new heights in 2002, winning the prestigious Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The prestigious wins kept coming. In 2008, Ryan Newman won the Daytona 500 in his Penske Racing Dodge - being pushed across the line by teammate Kurt Busch.
Kasey Kahne also headed to Victory Lane in a Dodge, taking the Pocono 500 win on June 8, 2008, at Pocono Raceway.
Brad Keselowski, though, really gave Dodge its final showcase moment. The driver earned five wins in 2012 en route to giving team owner Roger Penske his first Sprint Cup title. It allowed Dodge to close this era of its NASCAR racing career on top of the sport.