TALLADEGA — On Wednesday, Aug. 2, 1978, a piece of cement fell from the garage and almost crashed on top of Lennie Pond’s car. There were fears, according to reports, “the ceiling could eventually collapse.”

Don Naman, the Brooklyn-born track president who often seemed like a pair of Gucci loafers in a closet full of Timberlands, explained why Alabama International Motor Speedway officials were satisfied with a simple patch job.

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