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The Scene Vault: Tommy Houston, Tommy Ellis and a Last-Lap War


By Rick Houston

When Tommy Ellis got into Tommy Houston for the lead late in the Busch Series’ 1983 visit to Indianapolis Raceway Park, Houston filed it away.

Just a few laps later, the two fiercely competitive drivers came off turn two for the final time that night. Houston gave Ellis enough of a shot to turn him around. Houston retook the lead, and a few moments later, the win. That’s just the first part of the story, however.

According to legend, an irate Ellis commenced to tearing up equipment in Houston’s pit area after the race. Some observers would later report that Ellis wanted someone to give him a match, evidently looking to create an even bigger stir.

This is Tommy Houston’s story.

Join hosts Rick Houston and Steve Waid each week on The Scene Vault Podcast Presented by Q Ware as they take a look back at the extraordinary people, places and events woven into the rich tapestry that is our sport.

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