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Autosport's top 5 NASCAR machines

The American stock car scene is more famous for its close racing and occasional punch-ups, but there have been some fantastic machines too. As part of Autosport's 70th anniversary celebrations in 2020, we picked out five of its best

When Autosport recorded its Greatest Cars series of podcasts, we covered everything from junior single-seaters to sportscars, Formula 1 machines and Indycars alike. NASCAR got a passing mention, and this author made a case for one of the greatest Cup cars to be considered - but given the parochial nature of the series, it was admittedly in vain.

In the modern era, the 'Generation 6' NASCAR Cup cars are strictly regulated, identikit pieces of machinery draped in a facsimile bodyshell of each manufacturer's US-flagship consumer car. Today, the ovals (and sporadic 'roval' and circuit events) are occupied by collections of the Toyota Camry, the Chevrolet Camaro and the Ford Mustang GT. Sure, they may hold a passing resemblance to the road-going models, but the internals are far away from the real thing.

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