One of the more interesting people I’ve been privileged to meet in my 50-plus years in this sport was the late Tiny Lund, the big affable guy originally from Iowa who simply loved to race – anywhere, anytime, any kind of car. I first met him when he came to Salem (Ind.) Speedway to race in an ARCA event in 1973, when John Marcum was allowing the pony cars to compete. He brought the familiar No. 55 Camaro which at the time was owned by Charlie Blanton, and which I understand Tiny later purchased. Charlie had won the ARCA race at Daytona in that car, and Tiny won races at Selinsgrove, Lincoln, and Mt. Clemens with it that season.
Let’s set the record straight. DeWayne Lund was not a small man by any stretch of the imagination. The name “Tiny” was a term of endearment. He stood a towering 6’6″ tall and weighed in at over 300 lbs. Safe to say, his cars never hurt for left side ballast.