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Joe Weatherly takes his place among racing greats

With his racing career cut short by his untimely death in January 1964, NASCAR and its fans got only a glimpse of Joe Weatherly's potential. But oh, what a view. A hard-charger on the track and in life, Weatherly left an indelible mark on NASCAR's history books and in the vivid memories of friends and fans who had the chance to witness his career firsthand. "Joe just liked to have fun," said former Charlotte Motor Speedway president and now consultant Humpy Wheeler. "I don't know a driver who had more fun in life than he did. "The pits -- that was his pool hall. When he got down there, he would play tricks and practical jokes on everybody." Dubbed the "Clown Prince of Racing," ...

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