Most race fans remember Duke Nalon from his many Indianapolis races. They remember how he tamed the powerful and legendary Novi's. They remember the track records he set, the 500-mile races he nearly won and the fiery crash that he miraculously survived. But to race fans in 1940, the Duke was already a legend. While he raced midgets and big cars coast to coast, Duke spent a lot of time at Detroit's Motor City Speedway. He was a friend to my father and to many who were part of the racing scene before and after WWII. For more about the Duke's early years, read on.