There is much more to this story. For 1981, Chevys, Buicks, Olds and Pontiacs were all entered in the Daytona 500. When Richard Petty won in a Regal, many GM teams switched to the Buick, believing its shape to be part of Petty's success. Ray Smith was the talented engineer that ran Buick's Nascar program, which also included V6 LeSabres in the Busch GN Series. Like Olds before it, Buick was forced out of Nascar by internal GM politics, as Chevy racing boss Herb Fishel maneuvered to put all of GM's racing budget under his thumb.
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