drove this car in the '50s at Arlington Speedway, a quarter-mile
dirt track. "Duke" Dushensky (right) with Jimmy Camillaccio, one of the
[PICTURE THE PAST, Poughkeepsie Journal (Poughkeepsie,
NY), 26 Aug 2012, Sunday, Page G1]
Duke's car was a 1947 Hudson Hornet Coupe, very popular as stock
racers in those days.
The Hornet dominated stock car racing in the early-1950s. Its
308 cu in (5.0 L) six-cylinder engine produced high torque at low RPMs
and could beat V-8s from other makes whose power advantage came only at
much higher RPMs. There was no room on a quarter-mile race track with
short straight-aways to get the V8 RPMs that high.