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Lake Speed

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Born: 17 January 1948
Hometown: Jackson, Mississippi, United States

Former NASCAR Winston Cup driver.

Biography

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Lake Speed page on 28 September 2018, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Lake Chambers Speed is an American stock car racing driver. Now retired, he formerly competed in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, scoring one career win in 402 starts.

Lake was named after the best friend of his father, Bob Lake. Lake's father, Leland L. Speed, took office as the Mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, in 1948, the same year that he was born. He started his racing career at the age of thirteen racing karts, much to the displeasure of his family. Over the years, Speed won the International Karting Federation (IKF) National Championship six times and in 1978 he won the prestigious Karting World Championship over, among others, future three-time Formula One champion Ayrton Senna. Speed had been the only American to win the World Karting Championship until 2015 when 14 year-old Logan Sargent of Florida won the KFJ World Karting Championship on September 27th, 2015.


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Lake Speed at the 1983 Van Scoy 500 1983 Van Scoy 500
The Hoss Ellington Uno Chevy of Lake Speed finished 12th in the 1983 Van Scoy 500.
Photo by Mike Traverse
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Lake Speed 1984 Bullfrog 1984
Photo by Ted Van Pelt
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1985 Lake Speed Car at the 1985 Champion Spark Plug 400 1985 Champion Spark Plug 400
Photo courtesy Photo ©John Walczak.  All Rights Reserved.  Used with permission.
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1987 Lake Speed Car at the 1987 Champion Spark Plug 400 1987 Champion Spark Plug 400
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1987 Lake Speed Car at the 1987 Champion Spark Plug 400 1987 Champion Spark Plug 400
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1987 Lake Speed Car at the 1987 Champion Spark Plug 400 1987 Champion Spark Plug 400
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1987 Lake Speed Car at the 1987 Champion Spark Plug 400 1987 Champion Spark Plug 400
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1988 Lake Speed Car at the 1988 Champion Spark Plug 400 1988 Champion Spark Plug 400
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1988 Lake Speed Car at the 1988 Champion Spark Plug 400 1988 Champion Spark Plug 400
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1988 Lake Speed Car at the 1988 Champion Spark Plug 400 1988 Champion Spark Plug 400
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Merchandise

Type & Item #NameDetails
Die Cast - ActionLake Speed 1994 T-BirdPlatinum Series, 1:24 scale, Ford Quality Care #15, production 2,508
Model Kit - Monogram 2779Wynn's/K-Mart Oldsmobile Stock Car1:24 scale, Lake Speed #83 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme
Collector Card - 1992 Maxx 83Lake SpeedPhillips 66/TropArtic Pontiac
Collector Card - 1996 Upper Deck Road to the Cup RC22Lake Speed#9 Spam Ford Thunderbird
Collector Card - 1996 Upper Deck Road to the Cup RC71Screamin' Steel: Lake Speed SPAM#9 Spam Ford Thunderbird
Collector Card - 1996 Upper Deck Road to the Cup RC105Changin' Gears: Lake Speed#9 Spam Ford Thunderbird


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