Since his unfortunate passing Sunday morning, members of the short track racing community have shared memories and stories to help remember the life of David Rogers. Many of those stories have told us how great of a person he was, while some have focused on his success behind the wheel of a race car. Today, in this special edition of “By the Numbers” on Speed51, we take a look at Rogers’ achievements in the driver’s seat.
2: David Rogers beat the best of the best in the All Pro Series in 1981 at New Smyrna Speedway and 1984 at Orlando Speedworld. Beating the likes of Gary Balough and Butch Miller in their prime showed how talented he was.
2: David Rogers was a two-time Florida Governor’s Cup 200 winner at New Smyrna Speedway.
4: The number of Bright House Challenge Series championships for Rogers. The Florida mini-series was in existence from 2006 to 2016, with It was a mini-series with events at Orlando SpeedWorld, New Smyrna Speedway, Desoto Speedway and Showtime Speedway. Rogers won 13 of the 75 races, the most of any driver in series history.
11: The iconic car number of the Orlando, Florida native. Rogers drove number 11 most of his career.
20+: Unofficial track championships for David Rogers at New Smyrna Speedway. The track used to award mid-season and full season total champions. The full number may never be known. His total track titles could be over 30 between Orlando and touring series stats.
30+: David Rogers ran the Florida Governor’s Cup 200 a record 30 times on paper, but with lost history it could have been closer to 35 times.
33: Number of Snowball Derby starts. This past December, Rogers broke Red Farmer’s record for the most starts in the most prestigious Super Late Model race in the county.
600-700: It is estimated that David Rogers won between 600 and 700 short track races. Considering that tracks used to run year round in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, this number does not seem that far fetched as Rogers ran from the mid 70’s until the time of his passing in 2020.
1994: Perhaps the most memorable season of Rogers’ career was the 1994 season, when he went undefeated in 22 races to win the NASCAR Weekly Series championship. In doing so, he became the only driver to ever complete a NASCAR season undefeated.
1999: The year Rogers won the FASCAR Touring Series title for Super Late Models. Rogers won four times and had an average finish of 2.38 that season.
2018: David Rogers scored his final win on September 29, 2018 at New Smyrna Speedway in a Super Late Model race.
-Story by: Elgin Traylor, Speed51 “Stat Boy”
-Photo credit: Speed51Photos.com