Views Read Edit View history. More Great Steve Samples Stories. Lorenzen returned to racing for a short stint in Lorenzen’s children are learning more about their father’s legacy. If only we had the knowledge back then of head injuries, my Dad would be sitting with me in good health today, playing with his grand babies and living happily at home. When Fireball died, it turned my whole racing career around. It’s a tremendously difficult hard choice you’ve made to sit out.

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However, he was just our Dad, our Dad the hero.

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The object of this teenage prank was to see who could flip the automobile first. He graduated up stock car racing’s ladder and began running some USAC stock car events in the Midwest. Free Newsletters Get the best of autoweek. And the irony of the Petty record is that he set it after Fred Lorenzen retired. While Turner was frantically trying to run him into the guardrail, Lorenzen passed him on the inside, taking the lead and the victory away from Turner.

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No driver had previously visited victory circle at the same big track event three straight times. Daytona Winner The partial schedules probably explain the lack of championship trophies. Success came virtually overnight.


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His big break came in when he received a phone call that would propel him into the big leagues. InLorenzen won the Atlanta and a race at Augusta Speedway. If only we had the knowledge back then of head injuries, my Dad would be sitting with me in good health today, playing with his grand babies and living happily at home.

Speedway four consecutive times. That there is the best driver. We brought him in and he wanted to go out and make another lap and got out of shape real bad out of turn four, climbed up the wall and went flying through the air.

He was getting paid to win the big events with the big payoffs. The journey of Brett Moffitt. Aside from compiling staggering win percentages, the Elmhurst Express became the first driver to win the same mile race three times in succession, winning the Atlanta from through Please feel free to add a link, information, or stories.

That same year, Bernie Biernacki was an eighth-grader in Aurora who spotted a story about a Lorenzen race in the newspaper.

The win would have been significant had a rookie simply outdriven the legendary Turner, but Lorenzen went a step further. His children, who live in Chicago, are grateful memories of his racing days remain clear.


He didn’t run after pretty girls. Unfortunately for Lorenzen, he was not hired to win point championships. Lorenzen suffers from dementia that could be a symptom of CTE chronic traumatic encephalopathya neurodegenerative lorenzeh of the brain that has been found in professional athletes with repetitive head trauma.

Lorenzen now lkrenzen in assisted living in a suburb of Chicago surrounded by his family.

I had the best crew money could buy. In that amazing year, Lorenzen won: It was vintage Turner.

Lorenzen went back home broken but undaunted. This web page may contain copyrighted material whose use has not been specifically authorized by the copyright owner.

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Why would he do that? If time was not an issue, Freddie, as he was known by everyone, loenzen politely ask kids their name before signing their programs. For himself, his fans and for the family he loves so much. Richard Petty and David Pearson, despite more super speedway starts, were still in single digits.