Stapp-Chevrolet Sprint Car, 1973

Dirt oval tracks, speeds of 90 miles per hour or more, and the relatively light weight of sprint cars combined to produce a spectacular racing style. Drivers maintain top speeds on turns, letting the rear wheels slide while balancing throttle and steering. Stapp Enterprises built this car in Brownsburg, Indiana. It has a Chevrolet V-8 engine, spring front, and torsion bar rear suspension. The transmission has only one speed, but the rear axle contains a quick-change section that allowed the mechanic to change the final gear ratio in the pits. This car raced on dirt tracks, primarily in Ohio and Indiana but as far south as Florida and as far east as Pennsylvania. Its most successful driver was Duane “Pancho” Carter, who won the 1974 United States Auto Club (USAC) championship. Other drivers include Johnny Rutherford, Jackie Howerton, and Terry White.
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Object Name
automobile, racing
date made
Stapp Enterprises
overall: 5 ft x 6 ft x 11 11/16 ft; 1.524 m x 1.8288 m x 3.55397 m
overall: 62 1/2 in x 72 in x 143 in; 158.75 cm x 182.88 cm x 363.22 cm
place made
United States: Indiana, Brownsburg
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Sports & Leisure
Road Transportation
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Girft of Terry L. White

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