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Sure, you and I know AJ Foyt best as a four-time Indianapolis 500 champion, but the man knew how to drive everything—as evidenced by his three USAC Stock Car titles. The second came in 1978, a year in which Foyt won five of the 13 races on the schedule, including the Fair Stock 200 at the Milwaukee Mile. Driving his typical #51 Chevrolet, Foyt qualified on the pole, led 108 of the race’s 200 laps, and was the only driver to finish on the lead lap; Joe Ruttman placed a lap down in second.
As was common in the era, the 32-car field was highly diverse in make and model; no fewer than seven brands (Chevrolet, Ford, Dodge, Pontiac, Plymouth, AMC, and Buick) were represented. Chevy teams used both Camaros and Chevelles, Dodge teams raced both Aspens and Magnums, and the two Fords in the race included one Torino and one Granada, meaning 10 different models competed in the event.
This article is part of my series of posts intended to help preserve the history of USAC’s Stock Car championship that ran from 1956-1984. If you are the owner of the program linked above and would like for it to be taken down, please email me: metalfuelandrubber at gmail dot com