Despite its success on the race track,
Chevrolet discontinued the Monte Carlo after 1988. The Monte Carlo was replaced by the
Lumina in early 1989 as the Chevrolet race vehicle.
Early in the 1989 season, Chevrolet put it's old
war-horse Monte Carlo on the shelf and wheeled out the all-new (and long-tested) Lumina
for competition. The car was strong right from its first race, and by the end of the year,
the new Lumina made the Bowtie Brigade a formidable force in the championship
picture. The Lumina represented Chevrolet in NASCAR for a span of five years which
included 29 victories for the "Intimidator."
Though the Lumina enjoyed great success, many longed for the return of Monte Carlo in the
90s. Chevrolet would not disappoint them.
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