Previously we brought you a video of the 1968 Daytona 500. By February 1969 the Daytona 500 was shapping up to be battle of all the aero cars. Ford drivers showed up with the Talladega. Even the Mercury drivers were in Talladegas since the Mercury Spoiler II was not even in production yet and therefore did not qualify for homologation. Unfortunately, the new Boss 429 engine also had not been homologated and the trusty 427 was in all the cars.
Dodge showed up with what MOPAR fans thought was going to blow the competition away, the Dodge 500. It had a new aero package and a Hemi but it was too little too late.
LeeRoy Yarbrough in his Talladega showed them what the Blue Oval boys could do. It was the 11th annual running of the Daytona 500 and the finish was as thrilling for Ford fans as the 2011 Trevor Bayne and Wood Brothers win.
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