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Lealands photos from everywhere


Lealand "Tempe Tornado" McSpadden


Lealand in the car


Lealand


Lealand concentrating


Lealand with his JW Hunt hat


Lealand visiting with the Wags at the Chili Bowl


Lealand visiting with The Wags in 1991


Lealand giving Wags what for


Lealand with Kim Lafond


Lealand receiving a most fast times award at the CRA banquet


Lealand with Ellen Ellis and Mike English


Lealand with Wags, The Barber and Matt Pecharich


Lealand autographing Ellen's sign with Joe


Lealand talking with my son Kevin Wagner, Richard Griffin and the Bakersfield promotor


Lealand with his daughter and Keith Hall


Lealand, Janet, Michelle and Gene Tussing tailgating at Susquehanna in PA


Lealand with Sylvia Watkins at Susquehanna tailgate


Lealand and family at Susquehanna in 1992


Lealand and Janet with The Wags


Janet and Mrs Wags at Manzy


Lealand with Wags


Lealand and Wags


Lealand and Janet with Mrs Wags plus Stephan and Judy Pettigrew


Lealand at the Ellis Hacienda with an Aussie


Lealand about to go racing ..... on a barstool


Lealand leading as his competitor looks in trouble


Lealand with son Jeff and daughter Michelle


Lealand introduced


Janet with Ed Rausch


Lealand with The Wags and Joe Ellis


Lealand


Lealand with Ellen


Lealand and Verne Sweeney


Lealand in the # 50 car


Lealand and Wags


Lealand with Cory and Carrie Kruseman


Family Portrait


Lealand


Lealand bid on this side piece with the JW Hunt strawberry held by Marilyn Thomas in the Wags auction and Jim Naylor has a question


Janet


Lealand with a friend of Darleen Dils


Lealand signing Tory's t-shirt with Mrs Wags and her son Chris looking on


Lealand with Bubby


Lealand and Ellen


Lealand


Lealand and Mrs Wags


Lealand autographing at the Wagsdash. He was the 1999 Grand Marshal


Lealand with Wags, Jay Agajanian and Jimmy Oskie


Lealand with Jay Agajanian and Jimmy Oskie


Lealand in the Ford Pinto


Lealand getting settled


Lealand with his Pinto ride


Lealand and Janet with The Wags and Joe Ellis and Norm Bogan


Lealand and Wags


Lealand with Tony Simon and Cory Kruseman


Lealand getting a Wagtimes award from Wags with jay Agajanian


Lealand getting the framed Wagsdash Lealand poster from Steve Lafond


Lealand and Wags passing autographed pictures to each other


Lealand at the Ellis Hacienda


Lealnd with George Rimmer, an Ausie in town and more


Lealand and Janet at the Ellis Hacienda


Lealand and Janet at dinner with Wags and more


Lealand doing autographs at the Manzy Hall of Fame race


Lealand autographing


Lealand still signing


Lealand talking


Lealand signing for Ellen


Lealand signing still


Lealand getting honored at the Legends of Ascot


Lealand and their big family at Manzy


Lealand autographing


Lealand with Keith Brian and Wags


Lealand and Janet with The Wags and Joy Paulson at Calistoga


Lealand Interviewed by Jay Agajanian


Lealand interviewed by Chris Holt


Lealand and Wags


Lealand and Janet at the river


Lealand with Tony Simon and Dean Thompson


Lealand and another trophy


Lealand visiting


Lealand and Janet with Bubby


Lealand and Wags


Lealand helping Bondio at the Chili Bowl


Lealand working


Lealand and Janet with the Wags


Lealand and Janet and Jeff


Lealand with The Gasman, Ron Chaffin, The Demon and Mike Spencer


Lealand with Shane Carson


Lealand with Lee Vodden, Don Read, Cory Kruseman and Wags


Lealand and Janet with Wags


Lealand and The Wags


Lealand and Wags


Lealand with the Hanford trophy girl Evelyn Pratt


Lealand


Lealand and family coming to Canyon


Lealand getting an award from Keith Hall


Lealand and Janet with Mickey Meyer


Lealand with Mickey Meyer and Billy Shuman


Lealand and Janet with Jimmy Oskie at the AZ hall of Fame


Janet wandering the Hall of Fame


Lealand Legacy


Lealand and Wags


Lealand's thanks for the memories cake


Lealand at the Chili Bowl in the grandstands


Tempe Tornado


Lealand with Ralph Tracy and the #00 car


Lealand and trophy girl


Lealand and a trophy girl


Lealand with trophy girl


Lealand and the Gasman


Lealand with two cuties


Lealand with Chuck Gurney and Sammy Swindell


Lealand in Goodyear wear


Lealand and Janet at Joe's 80th party


Lealand with Wags at Joe's party


Maintenance on the # 91 car on CRA tour 1993


The 92 race at Eldora killed the # 91 car when Lealand and Jack Hewitt got together. The next day at the Greenville Inn, Jack came over to help build a new car for that night


Lealand and Alex Morales working


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Lealand with Jimmy Oskie, Shane Carson and Jimmy Sills


Lealand interviewed by Chris Holt


Lealand 1990


Lealand with Ron $human at Arizona Hall of Fame


Lealand with Kim Lafond


Lealand walking the track with Woo boss Ted Johnson


Lealand with Gary DeWitt and a go cart?


The Lealand McSpadden Classic was won by Billy Chester


Lealand with Billy Chester


Lealand with the Plaque! Note JW Hunt at right


Lealnd in the winners circle


Lealand with Jerry McLung


Lealand checking a tire at the 1978 Western World where he won


Lealand


Lealand


lealand after another win


Lealand has a big trophy here with Janet


Lealand passer of the wheel


Janet in a cheer group?


Lealand


Janet


Lealand and Shane Carson


Lealand and Darleen Dils


Lealand and Darleens friend


Lealand and same friend


Lealand


Lealand


Lealand at the Chili Bowl


Champion drivers of Bromme cars Left to Right Mke Spencer, Damion


Lealand visits with the Strawberry King JW Hunt


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Lealand


An Ascot program

Lealand is a two time CRA Champion. He won 92 CRA Main events. Up thru 1992 he had 54 fast times, 44 trophy dash wins and 69 Main event wins. I don't have the totals for his last 3 years of racing, but he was pretty good, an understatement. One of the most charismatic drivers who was the example of how to interact with everyone, fans and racers alike, as his legendary career unfolded. He was the best with fans, staying until the lines to visit with him were empty and he could load up and go home. He often manhandled his cars as he won without brakes, missing shocks and flat tires, never giving up. He won with junkboxes and evil handling cars. He once told me, he never raced his competitors, but raced against himself, trying to go faster and faster. That bit him a few times, especially one particular Western World in a black car, but he competed to the Nth degree, always on the gas hard. He is in the Knoxville and Arizona Hall of fame's. The man is just plain the greatest! He won a lot of big races including the Western World and the Chili Bowl. He was the Wagtimes favorite Driver in 1993 and the Wagsdash Grand Marshal in 1999.

Born in Gallup, New Mexico, McSpadden's family moved to Tempe, a suburb of Phoenix, Arizona, in 1954. He began racing in 1968 with a supermodified bought from local racer Billy Shuman. He recorded his first sprint car feature race win at Manzanita Speedway in 1972.

McSpadden's 26-year career included nearly 200 feature wins, including 25 in five different divisions at Manzanita during the 1977 season. His awards are numerous; he is a three-time winner of the Western World Championship for sprint cars (1978, 1993, 1995) and he won the 1991 Chili Bowl midget car event. He also entered and won the Belleville Midget National Championships on the high banks in 1992.[citation needed]

As well as racing in the United States, McSpadden was a frequent visitor to Australia, where he made guest appearances at "Australia vs the USA" nights at Parramatta City Raceway. He also won the 1995 Australian Speedcar Grand Prix (Midgets are called Speedcars in Australia), joining other American winners of the event including Cal Niday, Bob Tattersall, Jimmy Davies, Dave Strickland, A. J. Foyt, Ron "Sleepy" Tripp, Steve Kinser and Johnny Pearson.

One particular race at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, California, saw McSpadden crash out in his heat. He was badly shaken and his car took severe damage but promoter J.W. Hunt offered to add $1,000 to the winner's purse if McSpadden could come back through the qualifying B-main race and win the main event. He won both the B-main and the main event to win the increased purse.

He retired from competitive racing in 1996 after winning the SCRA non-winged sprint car championship

In 1998, McSpadden was inducted into the Arizona Motorsports Hall of Fame. He was inducted in the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 1999. In 2000, the Arizona Republic named him the fifth-greatest driver from that state in the past 100 years.

Updated 11/25/17

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