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Yes they did: https://pergelator.blogspot.com/2020/01/remember-american-motors.html
I remember seeing hopped up Javelins back in the day up against Camaros and Mustangs.
They were pretty successful in the Trans Am series.
Mark Donahue comes to mind.
#16 was Mark Donahue's Matador and #12 was Bobby Allison's. Two of my all-time favorite drivers. Both also possessed the added skills of good mechanic-engineer. Performance of '67-'68 Team Penske Camaro's are still pretty much unmatched seasons. Hard to say what Penske-Donahue sold more of; Camaro's or Sunoco gas.
First car to use disk brakes in a NASCAR race....Bobby Allison swept Darlington in a Matador in '75....not a bad looking car for the time....I remember the commercial...."What was that?"....."Why.....that was a Matador"....
That's even more surprising. Someone has used BRAKES in a NASCAR race?
Glad to have seen Donahue race in Trans Am and Can Am. Can't remember if I saw him in F1. I was going to a lot of races in those days.
I drove a Gremlin for years & my wife had a Pacer. Drove the wheels off those cars. At least I could work on them.
That.....that right there is the comment of the day! "At least I could work on them."
Saw Donohue race the Penske Javelin in Trans Am at Riverside. I oughtta find those photos...Boat Guy