Every so often, we here at Splash ‘n Go do a “Did You Know That?” Each post features three interesting tidbits or stories about NASCAR that you may have not heard before. Hopefully, you will find them interesting and will initiate conversation about other little-known facts about our favorite sport.
The three facts today come from “The Official NASCAR Trivia Book,” which was written by John C. Farrell and was published by Fenn / McClelland & Stewart, a division of Random House of Canada.
FACT #1: A LONG WALK HOME
If you ever get in an argument with someone, there are two things you should always remember: (1) make sure you’re driving and (2) that you’re not thousands of miles away from home. George Seeger, a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver from Whittier, Calif., found this out the hard way. In 1951, Seeger and Pete Sampo, the owner of Seeger’s race car, were in South Carolina for the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. After the race, the two drove the car back to California. Along the way, the two got into an argument. When they stopped at a gas station in Phoenix, Ariz., Sampo drove off, leaving Seeger stranded.
FACT #2: CAN I BORROW SOME GAS?
It’s not uncommon for race cars to run out of gas during a race, but you typically don’t hear about the gas trucks running out of gas. In 1962, the Gwyn Staley 400 at North Wilkesboro (N.C.) Speedway had a caution thrown so that a gas truck could leave the track to get more gas after running out of the valuable resource. Unfortunately, the gas truck never returned. In order to complete the race, pit crews had to take buckets and hoses into the infield to siphon gas from fans’ cars.
FACT #3: A LATE-NIGHT RETURN
In April 1951, NASCAR drivers Marshall Teague and Frank Mundy drove out to California for the premier series race at Carrell Speedway in Gardena. The only problem is that Mundy didn’t have a race car to compete in. Once in California, Mundy was determined to find a sponsor who had a race car for him to compete it. Unfortunately, he was unsuccessful so he decided to rent a car for a local rental car company. After the race in which Mundy finished 11th and Teague won, Mundy waited until the rental car company had closed for the day before returning. The reason? He wanted to make sure they didn’t notice the rental car’s badly worn tires until after he had left town.