Buddy into a Clown’s Mouth & Tiny into Cale at Nashville
Nashville had a steep 35 degree banking. It was Cale Yarborough’s first
visit to the track driving for Herman Meade. In one of the turns was
a billboard of a clown with its mouth wide open.
Buck Baker and Tiny Lund were battling for position when they tangled and wrecked. Cale was slowed up as to not get caught up in the wreck. As Cale watched,
Buck’s car went through the mouth of the clown. He thought that was
pretty dang funny then he noticed Tiny’s car.
Tiny’s car burst in flames. Tiny’s nickname is typical southern humor because he was anything but tiny being around 6’ 3” and weighing around 280 pounds. Cale sees Tiny trying to get out of his burning car. When Tiny got free of the car, his weight, momentum and the track’s banking forced him down the track into Cale’s car. Tiny hit Cale’s car with such force it dented the car’s door. Cale said Herman was mad at Tiny for a long time for wrecking his racecar. He also gave Cale hell for not getting out of Tiny’s way!
Herman told him "hell Cale you know how big that boy is. Didn't you realize the momentum all that weight would carry off the banking?"