Kenny Weld built this car in 1988. He had gone to prison for 52 months for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. During the entire time he was in prison he thought about how this car should be built. He had his wife bring him books on engineering and aerodynamics for him to study.
The result is a very unique car. Unfortunately, most of the innovations on the car did not work. One by one, Weld made modifications to it, until it was pretty close to a standard sprint car. The first modification came shortly after the first race. Kenny revered the left side exhaust and turned the end up so it pushed down on the left front corner of the car, pinning that corner for more positive entry into the corner. On his very first hotlap, going into turn one, the car spun backwards into the wall. Apparently, it pinned the left front too well.
Weld raced the car a total of 12 times, including the 1988 Knoxville Nationals. At the Nationals, Weld timed in two seconds slower than the fastest car. When questioned about this, he said, “I may be two seconds slower than the fast guys, but I’m also two seconds faster than I’ve ever been!”
After the car’s 12th race, Kenny decided to buy a new Gambler chassis in order to obtain a baseline of how current cars are handling. He broke his arm racing the Gambler and realized his time as a driver had passed.
During this same time, Kenny had developed a computer program for machining cylinder heads and decided to retire from driving. Weld was making good money with his new head-machining business and decided to concentrate on that.
Kenny died in 1997 after a two-year battle with cancer.
The car sat in a back room at Weldwheels (Greg's business) until Mark Randol and John Layne restored it in 2010.
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