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Lealand concentrating


Lealand with his JW Hunt hat


Lealand receiving a most fast times award at the CRA banquet


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Lealand in the pits


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


Lealand doing autographs at the Manzy Hall of Fame race


Lealand still signing


Lealand talking


Lealand signing for Ellen


Lealand signing still


Lealand getting honored at the Legends of Ascot


Lealand autographing


Lealand helping Bondio at the Chili Bowl


Lealand working


Lealand at the Chili Bowl in the grandstands


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Lealand in Goodyear wear


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Lealand with a present from Dave Darland's car


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lealand pondering whether to go jump in a sprint car!


Lealand shaking hands at an autograph session


Lealand having fun at Manzy


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Lealand boating?


Lealand with a real hot rod


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Lealand with his hot rod


Lealand with dibs on the redhead


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Janet wandering the Hall of Fame


Janet in a cheer group?


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Janet with Ed Rausch


Janet and Mrs Wags

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Lealand and Janet in the winners circle


Lealand and Janet at the river


Lealand and Janet with their ride


Lealand and Janet on a plane


Lealand with Kim Lafond


Lealand with Wags


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Lealand giving Wags what for


Lealand with Ellen


Lealand and Verne Sweeney


Lealand and Wags


Lealand with a friend of Darleen Dils


Lealand with Bubby


Lealand and Ellen


Lealand and Mrs Wags


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Lealand getting the framed Wagsdash Lealand poster from Steve Lafond


Lealand and Wags passing autographed pictures to each other


Lealand Interviewed by Jay Agajanian


Lealand interviewed by Chris Holt


Lealand and Wags


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Lealand with Shane Carson


Lealand with the Hanford trophy girl Evelyn Pratt


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Lealand and the Gasman


Lealand interviewed by Chris Holt


Lealand with Kim Lafond


Lealand walking the track with WOO boss Ted Johnson


Lealand with Billy Chester


Lealand with Jerry McLung


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Lealand and Shane Carson


Lealand and Darleen Dils


Lealand and Darleens friend


Lealand and same friend


Lealand at the Chili Bowl


Lealand visits with the Strawberry king JW Hunt


Lealand and Wags at Arizona Speedway


Lealand with the winner of the 2019 LMC Logan Seavey


Lealand with the 2019 LMC Billy Shuman Hard Charger winner Jake Swanson


Lealand with John Husky


Lealand with Michael Brennan


Lealand and Wags


Lealand at the Arizona Museum


Lealand with Emment Hahn


Lealand at Kent Shocley's marriage at Perris


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Lealand introduced to the crowd


Lealand talking to Shane Golobic


Lealand and another trophy girl


Lealand at the now gone Arizona Hall of Fame


Janet with Wags at Calistoga


Janet and Lealand at the the Arizona Museum


Janet and Lealand with the grandkids


Victory circle podium with Lealand and his family with the winner Charles Davis Jr


The McSpaddens posing at the McSpadden Classic 2018 with the drivers


A tighter shot


Lealand with son Jeff and daughter Michelle


Lealand and Janet and Jeff


Lealand with Cory and Carrie Kruseman


Lealand with Jay Agajanian and Jimmy Oskie


Lealand with Tony Simon and Cory Kruseman


Lealand getting a Wagtimes award from Wags with Jay Agajanian


Lealand visiting with The Wags in 1991


Lealand at the Ellis Hacienda


Lealand with Keith Brian and Wags


Lealand with Tony Simon and Dean Thompson


Lealand and Janet with Bubby


Lealand and Janet with the Wags


Lealand and Janet with Wags


Lealand and The Wags


Lealand with Jimmy Sills and Dave Argabright


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


Lealand with Gary DeWitt and a go cart?


Lealand with Ellen Ellis and Mike English


Lealand autographing Ellen's sign with Joe


Lealand at the Ellis Hacienda with an Aussie


Lealand and Janet with Jeff


Lealand and lady in the Arizona Museum


Lealand with Keith Hall in front of the Arizona Museum


Lealand and Janet at a party


Lealand and Janet with Bubby Jones


The McSpadden family with The Wags at Arizona Speedway McSpadden Classic # 3


Lealand with Danny Lasoski and a few others


Lealand with Billy Shuman and Ron $human


Lealand and Frank McDaniel


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Lealand and a trophy girl


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Lealand with two cuties


Lealand with Chuck Gurney and Sammy Swindell


Lealand in 98 car


Lealand with the Plaque! Note JW Hunt at right


Lealand on the podium with Dean Thompson and Steve Kinser


Lealand on the podium with Dean Thompson and Steve Kinser


Lealand with Jesse Baker on the podium


Lealand on the podium with Bubby Jones and Doug Wolfgang


Lealand, the trophy girl and a silver plater


lealand after another win


Lealand in the winners circle


Lealand has a big trophy here with Janet


Lealand with Dean Thompson and Jack Hewitt


Lealand getting an award at Ascot


Lealand getting interviewed


Lealand with a trophy girl and a plaque


Lealand with a trophy and the trophy girl


Lealand interviewed


Lealand with another award


Lealand at the Chili Bowl with some bikini beauties


Lealand with Sammy on the Chili Bowl Podium


Lealand interviewed by Mickey Dale


Lealand winning at Ascot


Lealand in the winners circle


Lealand interviewed by Bobby G


Lealand always a winner


Lealand at the Knoxville Nationals on the podium with Bubby Jones and Doug Wolfgang


Lealand and their big family at Manzy


Lealand introduced


Lealand autographing


Lealand visiting with the Wags at the Chili Bowl


Lealand with Wags, The Barber and Matt Pecharich


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


Lealand with The Wags and Joe Ellis


Lealand and Janet with Mrs Wags plus Stephan and Judy Pettigrew


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


Lealand leading as his competitor looks in trouble


Family Portrait


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


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


Lealand with Wags, Jay Agajanian and Jimmy Oskie


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


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 and Janet with The Wags and Joy Paulson at Calistoga


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


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


Lealand and family coming to Canyon


Lealand getting an award from Keith Hall


Lealand and Janet at Joe's 80th party


Lealand with Wags at Joe's party


Lealand with Jimmy Oskie, Shane Carson and Jimmy Sills


The Lealand McSpadden Classic was won by Billy Chester


Lealand with Dave Vodden, Tim Green and Wags at the Calistoga Hall of Fame Banquet


Lealand and Janet a christmas a long time ago


Lealand with Bruce Bromme Sr and a crowd


Lealand and son Jeff at an early arrival at the PAS

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Lealand and a crowd


Lealand with Ed rausch and Woddy


Same group with Joe Ellis


Lealand with Ellen ellis and Rip Williams


Lealand with Fran Herdrich


A nice pose of the pair


Janet and Ellen Ellis


Janet with fran and ellen with Brodie Roa behind


Janet with Brody, ellen and Joe


Joe and Ellen Ellis with Fran and Jim Herdrich


Lealand with son Jeff and his two bos


Same group with Jeff story telling


Lealand Legacy


Lealand's thanks for the memories cake


Lealand passer of the wheel


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An Ascot program


Lealand ready to go in the # 91


Poster


Lealand pic


Lealand on Open Wheel


Lealand's T-shirt from Reid's Diesel


Lealand fan card


Open Wheel cover


A Western World poster


Lealand fan card


Tulsa, Ok news bulliten


T-shirt graphic


The 3rd annual McSpadden Classic t- shirt graphic


The 2nd annual McSpadden Classic t- shirt graphic


Another t-shirt graphic


One more


2019 LMC t-shirt


Ascot program


Lealand article

My feelings about Lealand are pretty obvious, I really like the man. To begin with, just being friends with a Hall of Fame legend is surreal. He's always treated me nice and I can just imagine how many friends he has in racing, tons! There are a lot of champion sprint car racers who I am friends with, but I rarely feel in awe of someone, but he does that to me when I am around him. If you saw him race and methodically pass all the other heros of his time, then you know what I mean.

Lealand was the best driver with the fans I ever saw, period. He handled them like they were all special and never walked away until they were satisfied. He wouldn't leave after a race until he visited with everyone in the long lines waiting. In my early Wagtimes years he had just won an exciting race at Skagit and after the race I got in line with the rest of the fans to wait my turn. He noticed me way back there, excused himself, and came all the way down to say "Wags, go do your thing and then come back, I'll still be here for you". Who does that? NOBODY, and I'll never forget that kindness!

In this life of sprint car racing there are a lot of racers who retire that we all miss. Some, like Lealand, make you feel like you are cheated after they quit racing. Don't get me wrong drivers get to pick when they leave, they have that right, but........... it still hurts us! If you spend as much time around racing as I have you know the who the real hero's are, and he is one of them. The realization that you can never go back to the good old days is sad indeed. Lealand is one of the very best drivers of all time in sprint car racing. He is on top of the Legends list, and no one will ever knock him off.

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.

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.

By the Arizon hall of fame at his induction

Lealand was born July 16, 1946 in Gallup New Mexico. His family returned to the Phoenix area when he was 8 years old. The family settled into the Tempe Arizona area. Leland participated in school athletics, such as track and field, pole vaulting, weight lifting, and football. His interest in cars, then racing, did not take long after graduation. He was involved in drag racing, motorcycles and hydroplane boats. Right after his high school graduation he went to work for Zircon Precision Products, a machine shop which he has worked for over 40 years. Thru out this time in his life, his friends included two brothers Billy and Ronnie Shuman. In 1967 Billy purchased a super modified and Lealand did some mechanic work on it. The following year when Billy secured a sprint car ride, Lealand purchased the modified from him. In the mid 1970’s, he had been driving that used modified, when he got his break. Jerry McClung had vacated the Cecil Coddle ride, and convinced him to give a chance to McSpadden. Lealand’s run with Coddle started the young man on a life of being a professional weekend racer. With the flexibility that his employer offered him throughout his racing career, he was able to stay close to home, Janet his wife, Jeff and Michelle his children.

It did not take long for the “Tempe Tornado” to impress fans and carve his name in the record books at Manzanita. He won his first sprint main in 1972. He won his first CRA feature at Manzanita in 1973. Lealand claimed the Arizona Racing Association

Lealand was born July 16, 1946 in Gallup New Mexico. His family returned to the Phoenix area when he was 8 years old. The family settled into the Tempe Arizona area. Leland participated in school athletics, such as track and field, pole vaulting, weight lifting, and football. His interest in cars, then racing, did not take long after graduation. He was involved in drag racing, motorcycles and hydroplane boats. Right after his high school graduation he went to work for Zircon Precision Products, a machine shop which he has worked for over 40 years. Thru out this time in his life, his friends included two brothers Billy and Ronnie Shuman. In 1967 Billy purchased a super modified and Lealand did some mechanic work on it. The following year when Billy secured a sprint car ride, Lealand purchased the modified from him. In the mid 1970’s, he had been driving that used modified, when he got his break. Jerry McClung had vacated the Cecil Coddle ride, and convinced him to give a chance to McSpadden. Lealand’s run with Coddle started the young man on a life of being a professional weekend racer. With the flexibility that his employer offered him throughout his racing career, he was able to stay close to home, Janet his wife, Jeff and Michelle his children.

It did not take long for the “Tempe Tornado” to impress fans and carve his name in the record books at Manzanita. He won his first sprint main in 1972. He won his first CRA feature at Manzanita in 1973. Lealand claimed the Arizona Racing Association championship in 1975. Lealand went on to amass and additional 25 victories during the 1977 season in five divisions: sprints, midgets, super modified, sprint buggies and modified stocks.

At the Knoxville National Sprint Car Championships in 1977 he finished second to Doug Wolfgang driving for Gary Stanton. In 1978 Stanton hired Ron Shuman to be his driver, but he took the ride in Don Siebert’s USAC Sprint car, so Lealand was back in the Stanton car. They did some traveling and hit the bigger shows that year. One of the USAC car owners that McSpadden impressed with his go for broke driving style, was Don Siebert. Don offered McSpadden a ride, which he responded with a USAC win on the mile at Indianapolis State Fairgrounds. Don was working on putting together a deal for Indianapolis for the following year when he passed away.

1978 was also the year the Lealand won his first World of Outlaw race at Ascot, in the Stanton non winged sprint car.In late 1978, McSpadden took over the controls of the Bailey Brothers black number 01 car. Lealand won the Western World Championship at Manzanita Speedway. He continued to have success with the Bailey’s thru 1985. Winning many CRA and Northern Auto Racing Club (NARC) events, which included the 1981 and 1984 Dirt Cup at Skagit Speedway in Washington.

In 1986 Lealand tied Jeff Gordon in the voting for the National Sprint Car Poll “Wild Child Award”, which is presented annually for exciting performances. Driving for Casey Luna at the Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Texas, he won the World of Outlaw race in 1987. One year later, he won the sprint car portion of the Copper World Classic at the one mile oval of Phoenix International Raceway driving for Frank Lewis. He drove for Frank from 1988 thru 1993, he won 50 CRA, joint CRA/National Championship Racing Association (NCRA), and USA wins during this period. He won the CRA event at Knoxville driving for Danny Pivovaroff in 1990.

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 a 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 Bob Tattersall, Jimmy Davies, A J Foyt, Sleepy Tripp, and Steve Kinser.

He claimed the CRA title in 1992 driving for Frank Lewis. During that time he continued to pick up major wins in midgets and dirt championship cars. He won the 1991 Chili Bowl Nationals, the 1992 Hulman Classic, and the 1992 Belleville Midget Nationals. In 1994 McSpadden continued his success driving for Andy Morales on the CRA and USAC trail. Ron Chaffin hired Lealand in the 1995 to drive the Madera Produce car. They obtained 10 victories and the 1995 Sprint Car Racing Association point championship. Lealand choose to retire after the 1995 season.

Updated 2/20/19

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