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1970:

Bobby Isaac and Bobby Allison Dominate the Season

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Isaac Shines on Short Tracks

Bobby Isaac and Bobby Allison proved to be the top championship contenders of the 1970 NASCAR Cup Series season, collecting a combined 14 victories during the 48-race schedule.

After years of success as a short-track racer around his home state of North Carolina, Isaac entered NASCAR’s top division in 1961. In his ninth Cup Series season, Isaac finally found success with a championship-caliber team owned by Nord Krauskopf.

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Isaac placed the No. 71 K&K Insurance Dodges on the pole 13 times with the help of such mechanical stars as Hall of Fame crew chiefs Harry Hyde and Buddy Parrott. Chrysler’s winged Dodges and Plymouths were in their second year of competition, but Isaac and Hyde discovered some of their greatest tricks in the square-nosed Dodge used on short tracks.

Amazingly, Isaac won his lone championship by notching all 11 of his victories that season on short tracks. The native of Catawba, North Carolina, native logged 32 top-five finishes in 47 starts.

By season’s end, Isaac accumulated 51 more points than Allison to claim the title.

1970

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BEST DRIVER

RICHARDPETTY,DRIVINGTHENO.43

Petty Enterprises Plymouth, enjoyed one of his best seasons in 1970 with 18 NASCAR Cup Series victories. The native of Level Cross, North Carolina, led 5,007 of 10,536 laps completed during his 40-race schedule. However, 10 DNFs relegated Petty to fourth in the final standings.

BEST RACE

a winged Dodge Charger to victory in the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. The son of NASCAR champion Buck Baker led 88 of 367 laps for his third of 19-career victories in a car owned by former driver Cotton Owens.

TOP CARS

BOBBY ISAAC, DRIVING THE NO. 71 K&K

Insurance Dodge owned by Nord Krauskopf, won 11 short-track races en route to claiming the 1970 NASCAR Cup Series championship. Bobby Allison’s No. 22 Coca-Cola Dodge owned by Mario Rossi was a three-time Cup Series winner that year.

SEASON RECAP

DATE | LOCATION | WINNER

Jan. 18 | Riverside International Raceway | A.J. Foyt

Feb. 19 | Daytona International Speedway | Cale Yarborough

Feb. 19 | Daytona International Speedway | Charlies Glotzbach

Feb. 22 | Daytona International Speedway | Pete Hamilton

Mar. 1 | Richmond Raceway | James Hylton

Mar. 8 | Rockingham Speedway | Richard Petty

Mar. 15 | Savannah Speedway | Richard Petty

Mar. 29 | Atlanta Motor Speedway | Bobby Allison

April 5 | Bristol Motor Speedway | Donnie Allison

April 12 | Talladega Superspeedway | Pete Hamilton

April 18 | North Wilkesboro Speedway | Richard Petty

April 30 | Columbia Speedway | Richard Petty

May 9 | Darlington Speedway | David Pearson

May 15 | Beltsville Speedway | Bobby Isaac

May 18 | Langley Speedway | Bobby Isaac

May 24 | Charlotte Motor Speedway | Donnie Allison

May 28 | Smoky Mountain Raceway | Bobby Isaac

May 31 | Martinsville Speedway | Bobby Isaac

June 7 | Michigan International Speedway | Cale Yarborough

June 14 | Riverside International Raceway | Richard Petty

June 20 | Hickory Motor Speedway | Bobby Isaac

June 26 | Kingsport Speedway | Richard Petty

June 27 | Greenville-Pickens Speedway | Bobby Isaac

July 4 | Daytona International Speedway | Donnie Allison

July 7 | Albany-Saratoga Speedway | Richard Petty

July 9 | Thompson Speedway | Bobby Isaac

July 12 | Trenton Speedway | Richard Petty

July 19 | Bristol Motor Speedway | Bobby Allison

July 24 | Smoky Mountain Raceway | Richard Petty

July 25 | Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway | Bobby Isaac

Aug. 2 | Atlanta Motor Speedway | Richard Petty

Aug. 6 | Columbia Speedway | Bobby Isaac

Aug. 11 | International Raceway Park | Richard Petty

Aug. 16 | Michigan International Speedway | Charlie Glotzbach

Aug. 23 | Talladega Superspeedway | Pete Hamilton

Aug. 28 | Bowman Gray Stadium | Richard Petty

Aug. 29 | South Boston Speedway | Richard Petty

Sept. 7 | Darlington Raceway | Buddy Baker

Sept. 11 | Hickory Motor Speedway | Bobby Isaac

Sept. 13 | Richmond Raceway | Richard Petty

Sept. 20 | Dover International Speedway | Richard Petty

Sept. 30 | State Fairgrounds Speedway | Richard Petty

Oct. 4 | North Wilkesboro Speedway | Bobby Isaac

Oct. 11 | Charlotte Motor Speedway | LeeRoy Yarbrough

Oct. 18 | Martinsville Speedway | Richard Petty

Nov. 8 | Middle Georgia Raceway | Richard Petty

Nov. 15 | Rockingham Speedway | Cale Yarborough

Nov. 22 | Langley Speedway | Bobby Allison

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