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Curtis shows Cale The Darlington Line

There’s probably no driver more fun to tell tales about than NASCAR’s original “Bad boy”, Curtis Turner, because he just did so many wild and crazy things.

Now, Curtis was the kind of guy that would help a young driver with his racing career if he liked him, and there was nothing not to like about young Cale Yarborough. One summer, when Cale was visiting Curtis at his North Carolina home, he asked Curtis to explain to him the racing line at Darlington. That prompted Curtis to disappear for a few minutes, and when he returned, it was on his tractor. In the style of the old south, the home sported a wide porch that wrapped around the entire building and Curtis drove that tractor right up onto the porch.

Motioning to Cale, he said, “Get on, Boy!”

He then proceeded to drive the tractor around the porch, educating his young passenger on the proper line to run at the good old “Lady in Black.”
That was Curtis Turner at his finest.

Thanks to Patty Kay from www.insiderracingnews.com for reminding me of this tale
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