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“Tiny” Lund’s Biography

Not only was Tiny Lund a big man, standing around 6′ 6″, with a big grin he had an even bigger heart. Tiny was a very generous man, always willing to give to others who had less than him, he loved fishing, practical jokes and children. More than once Tiny was seen to give a trophy he had just won at a main event to a child. There are numerous records of practical jokes that he played on his fellow drivers and that they played on him both on the track and of it.

DeWayne Louis “Tiny” Lund was born on the 14th November 1929 in Harlan, Iowa. He began racing on motorcycles as a youngster before moving over to midgets and sprint cars and eventually settled for “Modifieds”, an area of racing where he had a first-rate reputation as a good, hard racer who never faltered as he worked on perfecting his skills on a wide range of Iowa short tracks, he practiced on them all – dirt, clay, flat and high banks.

After a stint in the United States Air Force where he served in the Korean War Tiny decided to go down South and try the competition in NASCAR racing. In 1955 he drove in his first NASCAR Sprint Series race at Lehi, Arkansas in the Lehi 300. The race didn’t go as well as expected, it was dominated by Speedy Thompson in his Pete DePaolo-owned Ford and although Tiny qualified in the middle his race ended when he flipped his car over on Lap 65. He broke his arm and sustained bruising. Not to be daunted he joined Guz Holsmueller in 1956 and their best result was to be placed fourth at Columbia, South Carolina. He also ran a few races for A.L. Bumgarner who he stayed with in 1957, together with races for Petty Enterprises he ran with Pontiacs and Oldsmobiles. 1958 saw him become a journeyman, he won a couple of pole positions at Gastonia and Hillsboro.

In 1959 he raced with Chevrolets that he owned but again with no major success and had no more rides until 1963. In February of 1963 he was at Daytona hoping to find an owner who needed a driver when his friend, Marvin Panch was involved in an accident when testing an experimental Ford- powered Maserati when the car swerved out of control, turned over and burst into flames.

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