Curtis Turner’s Life in the Fast Lane

Bobby Isaac recorded his 11th and final victory of the 1970 NASCAR Cup Series season on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 4, at North Wilkesboro (N.C.) Speedway, driving the No. Turner’s plane had only been in the air 20 minutes when it experienced issues. Those who raced against Turner or wrote articles about him during his driving career endured a longer and darker drive home that night from North Wilkesboro. Humpy Wheeler, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway from 1975 to 2008, remembers Turner as a risk-taker. … I’ve talked to a lot of people who have flown with Turner who saw him do it. At age 18, Turner knew everything there was to know about the lumber business.

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