Just heard we lost Tom Higgins

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  1. Spotter22

    Spotter22 Team Owner

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  2. TexasRaceLady

    TexasRaceLady Plank Owner Contributor

    Oh, crap. RIP, Tom. You are most definitely missed.
  3. Formerjackman

    Formerjackman Team Owner

    Not only was Higgins a true friend of the sport and those in it, his wealth of knowledge about it is irreplaceable and his story telling ability and sense of humor were legendary. He was a GREAT interview. RIP Tom, you will be missed. It pleases me that he was properly honored by the NASCAR Hall of Fame and was alive to enjoy the honor.
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  4. Johali

    Johali Team Owner Contributor

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    Pat Team Owner

  6. StandOnIt

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    The Petty versus Lund tale was related to me by the late hall of fame driver Tim Flock, who was a witness to it that day so long ago.

    Prior to a 250-lap race on the .333-mile track at Greensboro, driver introductions were being made on the back of a flat-bed trailer. As they passed on the make-shift stage, NASCAR champion Lee Petty and rival driver Tiny Lund exchanged angry words.

    Fists instantly started flying.

    The nickname “Tiny” was a misnomer. Lund stood around 6-6 and weighed 275 pounds. The 6-2 Petty possibly scaled 170.

    Not surprisingly, Lund was lacing Petty with a merciless whipping.

    Lee’s teenage sons, Richard and Maurice, then members of their father’s crew, rushed to his rescue.

    “Tiny was beating the dickens out of all three of them,” Flock recalled with a laugh. “It looked like minnows bouncing off a battleship.”

    Now, Mrs. Petty came on stage to the aid of her husband and sons. She pelted Lund’s head with her purse! Pump knots appeared on Tiny’s noggin and he scrambled to get away.

    What made the purse such a weapon?

    “There was a .38 pistol inside!” roared Flock.

    I didn’t dare write this story as part of a “NASCAR feuds” segment I was doing for The Charlotte Observer in the 1980s until confirming the details with Richard Petty.

    “That’s just how it happened,” said Richard.

    “Will it embarrass your Momma if I include the part about the pistol? I asked.

    King Richard, who followed his father as a driver to become the winner of seven Cup Series championships and 200 races, flashed his famous smile.

    “Embarrass her? Why, she’s right proud of it!”

    The race went on that afternoon in ’57 after things calmed down. Paul Goldsmith won, Lee Petty finished sixth and Tiny Lund was 13th.

    However, the pre-race “show” was the hit that day.

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  7. sdj

    sdj Just a race fan

    RIP, I sure enjoyed his work.
  8. TexasRaceLady

    TexasRaceLady Plank Owner Contributor

  9. machinistman3

    machinistman3 Team Owner

    Lost another great one his voice and writing were unmistakable.Prayers to the family.

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