The widow of 1963 Daytona 500 champion DeWayne “Tiny” Lund was found dead last night at her home in Waynesville, NC, apparently from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Wanda Lund-Early was married to Tiny Lund when he died in a savage crash during the 1975 Talladega 500, and her death was initially announced on the TinyLund.com. A statement on the site said, "We know Wanda is at the 'big track in the sky, laughing it up with her beloved Tiny once again."
An official ruling on the cause of Lund-Early's death will come from state Medical Examiner in the next few weeks. but officials say foul play is not suspected. The investigation remains open, however.
Tiny Lund was a five-time winner in NASCAR's premier series, and authored one of the sport's greatest legends after rescuing fellow driver Marvin Panch from a fiery sports car crash at Daytona International Speedway in 1963. Panch repaid the favor from his hospital bed, convincing the legendary Wood Brothers to replace him with Lund. Just 10 days later, The 6' 6" Lund won the Daytona 500 for the Woods.
He died after being t-boned in the driver's door on Lap 8 of the 1975 Talladega 500, at the age of 45.