From Dodges and Toyotas that look nothing like their racing counterparts, to Plymouths and Fords that appear nearly identical.

The green flag waves to start the 60th running of the Daytona 500 on February 18. While NASCAR is an acronym for the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, the vehicles in the series' current top Monster Energy Cup push the concept of a "stock car" to the breaking point. As an example, just try to show up to your local Ford dealer and try to buy a rear-wheel-drive, V8-powered Fusion. Be ready for the salesperson to laugh you out of the showroom.  

There hasn't always been such a big difference between the models available in showrooms and the ones racing at Daytona, though. With this in mind, let's take a look through the race's history to remember some of the more interesting winning vehicles and their road-going counterparts.

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