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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Tiny Lund, a NASCAR Legend

Tiny Lund was a "Hoss Cartwright" sort of character, he was 6 feet, 6 inches tall and weighed 300+ pounds and was the source of many stories and legends.

One story was that he walked into the garage of a Ford dealer (in SC?) and spied a V-8 engine on the floor of the garage, after looking it over, he asked the shop foreman "If I can pick up that engine, can I have it?" The foreman - not knowing whom he was dealing with - said "Yeah, sure." Tiny walked over to the engine, squatted down, wrapped his arms around the engine, stood up and walked past the incredulous foreman. He carried the engine to the back of his pickup truck, placed it there, closed the tailgate, and then drove away (presumably waving "Thanks"). [Being a good-hearted person, it is possible that he went back later and paid for the engine.]

Sadly, he was killed in a crash at Talladega in August, 1975. The last race he won was a short-track race in Summerville, SC., the Thursday night before the Talladega race. After winning the race, he spent about 2 hours loading up his race car with children and slowly driving them around the race track - while everyone else was leaving.

I was fortunate to see him win a NASCAR Grand American race - driving a Mercury Cougar - at Jefferson, GA (now Gresham Motorsports Park) in 1968.

If you read the article, there is another story regarding off-track pranks between Tiny and Cale Yarborough.  It was either a payback for Cale's prank (or it might have led to Cale's prank).  I may add it later.


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