On this day in 2009, Johanna Long (now Robbins) won her first Blizzard Series Super Late Model race at Five Flags Speedway (AL). The popular Pensacola, Florida driver led 27 of the 100 laps to score the win over Bubba Pollard and Ryan Sieg.
Casey Smith led a race-high 51 laps in the event, but Long’s pass for the lead came on Augie Grill.
Later that season, Long won a second race that helped her secure the track championship in the Super Late Model division. She capped off the 2009 season by sitting on the pole for the Snowball Derby in December.
To this point, Long is a three-time track champion at Five Flags Speedway having also won Pro Late Model titles in 2008 and 2014. Her dad Donald Long is also a two-time track champion.
Other Racing Events on This Date
1970 – Morgan Sheppard won a 50-lap Late Model Sportsman race in a 1957 Chevy over Ned Setzer and Tom McCurry. The track was the New Asheville Speedway, which is no longer there. We have six wins on record for Sheppard in 1970 and four of those were at New Asheville.
1981 – Steve Kinser pockets a 25-lap feature win at Tri-City Speedway (IL). Ken Schrader was fourth. The track has not held a World of Outlaws race since 2008. Kinser won 26 of his 42 World of Outlaws starts on this track for a winning percentage of nearly 62%.
1999 – Mike Garvey won the last ASA National Tour race at what was known as Peach State Speedway at the time. Now, the track is known as Gresham Motorsports Park (GA). The 300-lap race featured 29 cars and 10 finished on the lead lap at the end of the race. Garvey beat out Tim Sauter for the win.
-Story by: Elgin Traylor, Speed51 Stat Boy
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