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The Cars of Daytona 500: How They Compete from Track to Street - MSnide Asks: Huh! Are You Kidding Me?

Charlize Theron - Wins Oscar

Snide's Remarks; Although we can't fault the creative concept behind this press release we must deride the attempt to actually try to compare NASCAR race cars that happen to share some sheetmetal with a manufacturer's paid for (and handsomely we might add) revolving sandwich boards and a real honest to goodness (or badness) street version of that model available for purchase at your local dealer. Good, no actualy a bad idea NADAGuide, what's next comparing Charlize Theron's $10,000 Oscar gown with a Kmart knock off...come on guys, but hey, thanks for another opportunity to use this great picture of a very beautiful and talented lady.

COSTA MESA, Calif., Feb. 18 -- NASCAR enthusiasts across the world are anxiously awaiting their Super Bowl of racing -- the Daytona 500 -- which takes place this Sunday, February 20th at Daytona National Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. 43 cars take to the track but only three makes and models have a chance to compete -- the Chevrolet Monte Carlo, the Ford Taurus and a newcomer to the field, the Dodge Charger.

Today's stock car is anything but 'stock.' During the course of NASCAR's 53-year history, the cars on the speedway have evolved from true roadworthy stock vehicles into the technologically advanced, ultra-enhanced machines we know today. In the beginning, NASCAR racecars were modified versions of the same cars you could buy from your local car dealer -- this lead to the popular saying 'win on Sunday, sell on Monday.' Manufacturers sought to get the attention of fans in an effort to sell more cars. Today's stock cars are sleek speed and performance machines, built with state-of-the-art technologies and top-of-the-line mechanical components.

While not all of these design elements are available for public consumption, car shoppers still reap the benefits from the car's race-derived research, such as its physical shape. This design feature is carried over from today's showroom to tomorrow's NASCAR racecar based on careful analysis of wind tunnel testing -- testing that influences the overall design of production cars and ultimately, the overall design of racecars.

After Sunday's race, it will become obvious how the Charger, the Monte Carlo and the Taurus stack up on the track. But how do these cars compete on the street?

The experts at (, a leading vehicle information website, offer a side-by-side look at all three -- from price to performance.

Pitting the Chevy, the Dodge and the Ford against each other, here's how they match up in the showroom. compared the model years of the cars that will be racing Daytona this year.

   Make/Model/Options          Base Price       HP/RPM      LB.-FT. Torque
   2005 Ford Taurus             $20,830     153HP @ 4900RPM    185 lb.-ft.
    4-dr sedan, V-6,

   2005 Chevrolet Monte Carlo   $22,280     180HP @ 5200RPM    205 lb.-ft.
    2-dr coupe, V-6,

   2006 Dodge Charger*          $23,600     250HP @ 6400RPM    250 lb.-ft.
    4-dr sedan, V-6,
    (also available in legendary Hemi V-8)

*2006 Dodge Charger information available at in coming weeks.


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