(April 1, 1998)
Bobby Isaac's 1969 Dodge Daytona was a dominating force from its first few laps on the race track all the way through its retirement. In its debut in the third race of the 1969 season, Isaac qualified in the top-10, and things only got better from there. In the second 125-mile qualifying race prior to the Daytona 500 Isaac, who had qualified second, won with an average speed of over 151 mph.
For the year, Isaac never completed a race in worse than seventh place. Isaac's 17 wins, 29 top-5s and 33 top-10s on the season were good enough for an overall point standing of sixth, but Isaac and the K&K Dodge weren't finished.
Along with the 1970 model, run mostly in the shorter events, that car and Isaac took the championship for the 1970 season as well as just short of $200,000 in winnings. He was named "Driver of the Year" by the National Motorsports Press Association for 1970.
Bobby Allison, who also drove a Dodge Daytona, had finished second to Isaac in the points race. Despite finishing 1-2 for the 1970 season, both teams learned that they were to be excluded from Chrysler's factory-backed efforts in 1971.
To answer that decision, Nord Krauskopf, owner of K&K Insurance, sent Isaac and his legendary crew chief, Harry Hyde, out with another Dodge. In November of 1971, at the Alabama International Motor Speedway in Talladega, Isaac drove that car to a record closed course speed record for its day of 201.04 mph. That record stood for some 14 years.