Thursday, February 21, 2013

1970 - Tiny Lund earns $10,550 in Daytona 500 ‘Warm-up’

Dewayne "Tiny" Lund

Daytona Beach, Fla. (February 21, 1970) – Dewayne “Tiny” Lund, a 265-pound fishing camp operator from Cross, S.C., edged Red Farmer of Hueytown, Ala., by a car length Saturday afternoon to win a 300-mile NASCAR Late Model Sportsman model race.

The warm-up race for today’s rich Daytona 500 was marred by a wreck in which Glenn Guthrie of Temple Hills, Md., slammed a 1966 Mercury into the wall on the backstretch at 175 miles per hour

Guthrie was lifted through the car window and taken to Halifax Hospital where he was reported in fair condition with a concussion and chest and spine injuries.

A crowd of 51,300 watched Lund reach speeds up to 200 miles per hour in a 1966 Ford owned by DuPont heir Bondy Long of Camden, S.C. While Lund battled with 39 other drivers, Long spent the day back home in South Carolina sailing on a lake.

Lund, averaging 133.316 miles per hour, led most of the race with Farmer usually close behind. Farmer lost valuable time late in the race when he jammed his brakes too hard in front of his slot in pit row, forcing his 1967 Ford to spin around.

Lund picked up $10,550 for his victory while Farmer’s second place finish merited $4,825. Donnie Allison of Hueytown, Ala., finished third in a 1963 Ford.

Results –

  1. Tiny Lund
  2. Red Farmer
  3. Donnie Allison
  4. Sonny Hutchins
  5. Hooker Hood
  6. Haskell Willingham
  7. Jimmy Mairs
  8. Billy Bayles
  9. Lou Lazzaro
  10. Phil Wendt
  11. Butch Hirst
  12. Ron Eulenfeld
  13. Glen McDuffie
  14. Sam Sommer
  15. Ronnie McDaniels
  16. Wayne Niedecken 
  17. Bill Hollar
  18. J.C. Spradley
  19. Jerry Churchill
  20. Ray Wulfenstein
  21. Pete Tingue
  22. Alton Jones
  23. Jimmy Moore
  24. Bug Stevens

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