Earning the nickname “Tiny” due to his rather large size, Tiny Lund’s 21 year career saw five NASCAR Cup Series wins, 6 pole positions and 54 top-10 finishes. Lund began racing at a very young age, and started with motorcycles, moving on to midget cars and then sprint cars.
Lund’s NASCAR debut was in 1955 at the Lehi, Arkansas event, where he had an unfortunate accident in the 65th lap, resulting in a broken arm. In February 1963, Lund performed a heroic act when he rescued his fellow driver Marvin Panch from a burning car, caused by an accident during a practice session. In return Panch requested Lund to drive in his place in the Wood Brother’s Ford. Making the most of this opportunity, Lund went on to win the Daytona 500, his career-best achievement.
A four time NASCAR Grand American champion, Lund had a fatal accident during the Talladega 500, in the year 1975, when his car hit fellow driver McDuffe’s car. Lund’s car was then hit on the driver’s side by another driver and he died on the spot. To honor this brave and talented driver, he was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, in Talladega, Alabama.