DeWayne "Tiny" Lund

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DeWayne "Tiny" Lund

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DeWayne “Tiny” Lund

Tiny was born on November 14, 1929 in Harlan, Iowa. He began racing in 1952 at the Iowa Fair Grounds. Tiny was an independent racer in a world of factory backing and yet in his career he won over 450 races and was voted most popular driver four times. He won a record 11 NASCAR races in a row, but perhaps his favorite memory was winning the Daytona 500 in 1963. A feat he accomplished on only one set of tires. He earned the Carnegie Medal for heroism when he pulled Marvin Panch from a burning car during a practice race at Daytona. He competed not only in the United States but also in Japan, Germany, Canada and Peru racing on dirt, asphalt, concrete, and even the sand at Daytona Beach in the early days, but he said, “ He loves the dirt track at Jacksonville best of all”.

He earned a world fishing record by pulling a 55 lb. stripped bass out of the Santee River near his fish camp restaurant – hence the familiar number 55 on his race car. When Tiny dies in the six car pile-up at Talladega in 1975 he left a widow, Wanda, and young son, Christopher, and a lot of fans who would miss him.

Tiny was inducted into the Jacksonville Stock Car Racing Hall of Fame in 1992.

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