Joe Gazaway of Sharpsburg, a long-time NASCAR inspector and brother of the late Bill Gazaway, NASCAR’s former competition director, was working at Daytona International Speedway in February 1968 when Smokey Yunick, the wily mechanic, showed up with a radically modified Chevrolet Chevelle. He recalls how Yunick managed to drive the car away from a discussion after NASCAR officials had drained all the fuel from, what was supposed to be, the gas tank.
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As told to Rick Minter, for the AJC