Legend Profiles K-M
Alan was born December 14, 1954 and died April 1, 1993 he hailed from Greenfield, Wisconsin....The '86 rookie of the year and '92 Winston Cup champion came from his native Wisconsin in '85, determined to graduate from ASA into NASCAR racing....he drove for himself and often served as his own crew chief, leading NASCAR watchers to say he'd never make it.....he proved them wrong, winning 24 poles and five races before dying in a plane crash four months after accepting the Winston Cup trophy in New York....won at Phoenix in '88, Rockingham in '90, Bristol in '91, and Pocono and Bristol in '92...came from 278 points behind in the final six races to win the '92 championship by 10 points, closest margin in NASCAR history.
Fred was born December 30, 1934 and he hails from Elmhurst, Illinois... became one of stock car racing's most successful and popular drivers....won 33 poles and 26 races in 158 starts dating from 1956 through 1972....came to NASCAR after winning USAC championships in '58 and '59, but struggled through the 1960 season before winning three races '61 and two in '62....exploded on the scene in '63 with six victories and 23 top-10s (and a then record $122,587) in only 29 starts....won eight more races (and had ten more top-10s) in only sixteen starts the next year...won most popular driver awards in '63 and '65...cited ulcers and stress as the reason for leaving NASCAR that season and returning to Illinois...made a handfull of starts in the early '70s before retiring for good after the 1972 season.
Tiny was born March 3, 1936 and died August 17, 1975 and he hailed from Cross, South Carolina...came from Iowa in the '60s, looking for fame and fortune in NASCAR racing....best-known for winning the 1963 Daytona 500 after pulling injured driver Marvin Panch from his wrecked sports car several days before the 500....the Wood brothers rewarded Lund by letting him drive while Panch was hospitalized...other than the 500 Lund won at Columbia in 1965 and won a combination Grand American East and Winston Cup race at North Wilkesboro in 1971...was an outstanding Busch Series star when it was called Late Model Sportsman...died in a crash at Talladega in 1975.
Ralph was born September 10, 1917 and lives in Taunton, MA....a capable driver in his own right (five poles and seven feature victories in the '50s), he became better known and more successful as a car and engine builder, and team owner... he and business partner John Holman enjoyed success with Nelson Stacy, Curtis Turner, Joe Weatherly, Fred Lorenzen, Fireball Roberts, David Pearson, and Bobby Allison... they teamed with various drivers for dozens of victories, all of them in Ford products...their racing shop near Charlotte was among the first to sell "purpose-built" stock car chassis for racing.
Bud was born in 1924 and lives in Spartansburg, SC...he remains active with Bud Moore Engineering team...after being a hero in World War 2 he returned to build and field winning cars for some of stock car racing's greatest early-era stars...the list included Joe Weatherly, Billy Wade, and Darel Dieringer...later after several years of Trans-Am success, he returned to NASCAR with David Pearson, Donnie Allison, LeeRoy Yarbrough, Darrell Waltrip, Buddy Baker, Bobby Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Ricky Rudd, Benny Parsons, Brett Bodine, Morgan Shepherd, Geoff Bodine, Lake Speed, Wally dallenbach, and Morgan Shepherd...all told, has 43 poles and 63 victories, including most of the major superspeedway events.
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