Generation 2 (NASCAR)

The Generation 2 in NASCAR refers to the cars used between 1965 to 1980. The second generation of stock cars featured stock body with a modified frame, and modified chassis became part of the sport with entities such as Holman-Moody, Banjo Matthews, and Hutchenson-Pagan building chassis for teams.[1]

Generation 2
Richard Petty's 1970 Plymouth Superbird, on display at The Richard Petty Museum in Randleman, North Carolina
PredecessorGeneration 1
SuccessorGeneration 3
Technical specifications
Engine90° pushrod V-8
305–440 cu in (5.0–7.2 L)
Competition history
DebutJanuary 17, 1965
(1965 Motor Trend 500)
Last eventJanuary 13, 1981
(1981 Winston Western 500)
Reproduction of David Pearson's 1969 NASCAR Championship Talladega
Richard Petty's #43 Ford Torino
'67 Plymouth Belvedere of Richard Petty at Goodwood in 2014

Although cars began to show modifications compared to the road-going versions, NASCAR still required a minimum number of cars (500 cars in 1969) to be sold to the general public. For 1969 and 1970, Ford and Chrysler developed aerodynamic homologation special models that were later dubbed the Aero Warriors.[2]

Changes in the United States automotive market that downsized passenger cars led to the Generation 3 cars in 1981, which featured shorter wheelbase and the cars being increasingly purpose-built.


  1. ^ "The evolution of NASCAR Cup Series cars". August 16, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ Scherr, Elana (2020-02-21). "The Ungainly History of NASCAR's Wing Era". Road & Track.