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Bettenhausen, Tonylocked

(12 September 1926–12 May 1961)
  • Donald Davidson


Bettenhausen, Tony (12 September 1926–12 May 1961), auto racing driver, was born Melvin Eugene Bettenhausen in Tinley Park, Illinois, the son of Christian H. Bettenhausen, a soybean farmer. His mother’s name is not known. Because he often defended himself against neighborhood bullies during his preteen years, the stubborn youngster was given the nickname “Tunney” after ...

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