Fans Go Berserk as NASCAR’s Greatest Conman, Who Drove With Dale Earnhardt, Breaks His Silence After 40 Years

Published 05/01/2022, 1:00 PM EDT

40 years ago, a NASCAR legend was born, though it was for a completely different reason. LW Wright will be an unfortunately familiar name in NASCAR because he successfully conned his way into a team. After competing in just one race, he practically disappeared off the face of the map.

Now, after 40 years, he has finally been coaxed out of hiding in his first-ever interview. Naturally, the fans went berserk at the confirmation of the urban legend.

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Recently, The Scene Vault podcast posted a teaser clip of his interview. He said, “If you could find somebody that said that I owed them $30,000, you tell it to my face. I won’t say who they are and I won’t know how to come about. If that makes them stutter, you know what I’m talking about.”

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How did he manage to sneak onto the NASCAR grid?

As it turned out, he managed to convince a marketing agency that he was an experienced driver for Music City Racing. Soon, he bought a race car from Sterling Marlin, who served as his crew chief. Obviously, NASCAR drivers needed a license to compete and Wright did not have one.

Once again, he put on his best impression and somehow sold the lie to NASCAR. His next test was qualifying for the Winston 500 at Talladega. So many things could have gone wrong and he could have been caught, yet he managed to qualify and keep up the charade.

However, qualifying was one thing, but the race was a completely different kettle of fish. His dream of battling with legends like Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty ended after a paltry 13 laps. This was because he received a black flag for posing a threat to other drivers on track. Eventually, NASCAR realized that he played them and were baying for blood.

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The next race of the season was Nashville, but he never turned up. Wright practically performed a Houdini and disappeared off the face of the earth. NASCAR was so mad that they resorted to arrest warrants, and the marketing agency even hired a private investigator. Unfortunately for them, the case soon grew cold and LW Wright faded off and cemented his status as an urban myth.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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