|November 14, 2012|
1929: DeWayne “Tiny” Lund, one of NASCAR’s 50 greatest drivers, is born. Lund — nicknamed Tiny as a humorous contrast to his 6-foot-6, 275-pound frame — was a three-time champion in the former NASCAR Grand American division for “pony” cars. Lund won the 1963 Daytona 500 in dramatic fashion as a substitute for Marvin Panch in the Wood Brothers Ford. Just weeks earlier, Panch had crashed a Maserati sports car during a test at Daytona International Speedway. Lund and other bystanders helped free Panch from the burning wreck, earning Lund the Carnegie Medal of Honor for his heroism. The injured Panch suggested to team owner Glen Wood that Lund drive the No. 21 in the 500, and Wood agreed. A grandstand at the Daytona track is named in Lund’s honor.