Motorcycle Racing Is A Family Tradition With The Longs DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 1, 2004) -- It was father versus son Monday at Daytona International Speedway. The 19-year-old Barrett Long beat his father John Long and the rest of the field...
Motorcycle Racing Is A Family Tradition With The Longs
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 1, 2004) -- It was father versus son Monday at Daytona International Speedway.
The 19-year-old Barrett Long beat his father John Long and the rest of the field of competitors in the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association's Battle of the Twins Two-Stroke class. Barrett is the third generation of Longs to race motorcycles at Daytona.
John's father raced on the old beach course in the 1940s and early '50s. John was a leading AMA road racer in the 1970s; he was runner-up in the AMA Superbike Series in 1978. Now a third generation of Long is getting his racing career underway. Barrett will be racing in Saturday's Pro Honda Oils Supersport race and is planning to compete in the entire series. The youngest of the Long clan is carrying on a long tradition of the family of racing motorcyclists from Miami. John runs the family-owned motorcycle shop that was founded by his father in 1939.
With a father as talented as John Long, one would think Barrett would have much to learn from his famous dad.
"I used to be able to show him a few things on the racetrack," said John of his son. "But the last couple of years it's been the other way around. Barrett's a real cool customer on the track. He doesn't say much, but he's really consistent on the bike and is showing some good promise. Last year he had some good finishes in the 250 class and now he's moving to Supersport."
Barrett earned five top-10 finishes in the now defunct AMA 250 Grand Prix Series. He finished the year ranked 11th in spite of the fact that he missed a number of races in the series. This year will be his first season racing four-stroke motorcycles. Even though he's faster than dad, Barrett says he still gets good advice from his father.
"He still shows me a lot, no matter what he says," said Barrett. "It's great to carry on the family racing tradition. This year will be my first year on the Supersport bikes and I'm still learning how to ride them. There not that much different from the 250GP bikes in a lot of ways. There's the engine braking to get used to, but power delivery is smoother. The chassis on the 250s were more rigid, the 600s are more forgiving."
Barrett earliest memories were of coming to Daytona to watch his dad race.
"I remember standing out in the stands leaning up against the fence," he said. "I tried to sneak in the pits a few times and got kicked out because I was too young."
Barrett's brother Justin used to race also but now he's an aspiring filmmaker. The only downside of Barrett's racing career is that his mom no longer can handle coming to the races.
"She didn't care when it was me racing," said John says with a smile. "But with Barrett out there she can't handle it. Now she's become a retired race spectator."
Tuesday's features a second day of Vintage motorcycle racing. Tickets are available for all motorcycle races at the "World Center of Racing" online at http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.
200 GP +: 1. Dennis Poneleit, Greenville, S.C., 1968 Honda; 2. Carl Anderson, Cocoa, Fla., 1969 Yamaha; 3. Edward Sensenig, Ephrata, Pa., 1962 Ducati.
Pre 1940: 1. Alex McLean, Bryn Mawr, Pa.; 2. Ralph Auer, Chico, Calif., 1939 BMW; 3. Norbert Nickel, Shawnee, Kan., 1939 BMW.
Production Lightweight: 1. Michael Ewer, Lehighton, Pa., 1972 Honda CB; 2. Dwayne Fox, Hernando, Fla., 1971 Honda; 3. Robert Opiela, Raymond, N.H., 1967 Kawasaki.
BOT Formula 1: 1. Greg Nichols, Putnam, Conn., 2001 Ducati; 2. Albert Charles, Thornville, Ohio, 2002 Ducati; 3. Nate Kern, Cherry Hill, N.J., BMW 1080.
BOT Formula 3: 1. Charles Burnett, Las Vegas, Nev., 1988 Honda Hawk; 2. Matt Winnacker, Fulton, Mo., 2000 Suzuki; 3. John Staska, Fargo, N.D., 2000 Kawasaki.
250 GP: 1. Tomofumi Mizuno, Tokyo, 1968 Yamaha DT-1; 2. Jonathan White, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1966 Ducati; 3. Paul Germain, Winnipeg, 1965 Ducati.
Class C --Foot: 1. Alex McLean, Bryn Mawr, Pa.; 2. Ralph Auer, Chico, Calif., 1939 BMW; 3. Norman Nelson, St. Augustine, Fla., 1950 Norton.
Class C -- Hand: 1. Will Harding, Gainesville, Fla., 1936 Indian; 2. Doc Batsleer, New Smyrna Beach, Fla., 1936 Indian Scout; 3. Keith Campbell, Duluth, Ga., 1937 Indian.
350 GP: 1. Bruce Yoxsimer, Portola Valley, 1965 Seely; 2. Paul Germain, Winnipeg, 1967 Ducati; 3. Steve Mahanes, Richmond, Va., 1968 Desmo.
Formula 125: 1. Greg Steinbeck, Little Rock, Ark., 1977 Honda.
Vint. Superbike Light: 1. Dave Bourbeau, Royalston, Mass., 1979 Suzuki; 2. Gordon Hamilton, Novi, Mich., 1978 Yamaha SR; 3. Jim Killy, Oxford, Ohio, 1978 Yamaha.
500 Premier: 1. Pat Mooney, Sorrento, Fla., 1962 Norton Manx; 2. David Roper, Hicksville, N.Y., 1962 Norton; 3. Ron Melton, El Sobrante, Calif., 1962 Norton Manx.
Sportsman 350: 1. Eric Cook, Richland, Va., 1972 Honda CL; 2. Buff Harsh, Atlanta, Ga., Honda; 3. Henry Hyphers, South Windsor, 1971 Honda.
Classic 60s: 1. Josef Brenner, Severn, Md., 1954 BSA Goldstar; 2. Alex McLean, Bryn Mawr, Penn.; 3. Rusty Lowry, St. Mary's City, Md., 1967 Harley-Davidson.
Classic 60's 650: 1. Brid Caveney, Salinas, Calif., 1965 Manx-Triton.
Formula 250: 1. Jerry Herman, Sanford, Fla., 1972 Yamaha RD; 2. George Taylor, Lady Lake, Fla., 1973 Yamaha TD3; 3. Craig Breckon, Sparta, Mich., 1971 Can Am.
Formula 500: 1. Chris Sprago, St. Louis Park, Minn., 1976 Yamaha RD; 2. Harry Barlow, Glenfield, 1976 Yamaha RD; 3. David Crussell, Pleasanton, Calif., 1970 Kawasaki.
Sportsman 500: 1. Jesse Morris, Phoenixville, Pa., 1968 Triumph 500; 2. Buff Harsh, Atlanta, Ga., Honda; 3. Wes Orloff, Salem, Wis., 1969 Honda.
BOT Two-Stroke: 1. Barrett Long, Miami, Fla., 2003 Yamaha; 2. Keith Floyd, Tallahassee, Fla., 1999 Yamaha; 3. Christopher Spargo, St. Louis Park, Minn., 1990 Yamaha.
BOT Formula 2: 1. Josef Brenner, Severn, Md., Moto Guzzi; 2. Derek Keyes, Jacksonville, Fla., 2000 Suzuki; 3. Charles Burnett, Las Vegas, Nev., 1988 Honda Hawk.
SOS Two-Stroke: 1. Peter Crew, 1996 Honda RS125.
Formula 750: 1. Tim Joyce, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., 1972 Harley-Davidson; 2. Jay Springsteen, Lapeer, Mich., 1972 Harley-Davidson; 3. Kyle Campbell, Duluth, Ga., 1970 Honda.
Sportsman 750: 1. Jesse Morris, Phoenixville, Pa., 1968 Triumph; 2. David Temple, West Chester, Pa., 1972 Yamaha; 3. Grady Chance, Lakeland, Fla., 1975 Yamaha.
Vint. Superbike Middle: 1. Harold Page, Louisville, Ky., 1981 Yamaha; 2. Jeff Hinds, Lewis Center, Ohio, 1977 KZ 650; 3. Gary Smith, Woodstock, Ga., 1972 Honda.
Bears: 1. Tim Joyce, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., 1973 Triumph; 2. Craig Murray, Cedar Crest, N.M., 1973 Triumph; 3. Glenn Campbell, Vacaville, Calif., 1970 BMW.
Vint. Superbike Heavy: 1. John Staska, Fargo, N.D., 1977 Suzuki; 2. Jeff Hinds, Lewis Center, Ohio, 1974 KZ 900; 3. David Evans, Columbia, Conn., 1981 Honda.
Formula Vintage: 1. Paul Lima, La Mesa, Calif., 1970 Triumph; 2. Dave Rosno, Eagle, Wis., 1973 Kawasaki; 3. David Crussell, Pleasanton, Calif., 1970 Kawasaki.
Icgp2: 1. Michael Perry, Jupiter, Fla., 1980 Yamaha; 2. Joseph Rutherford, 1978 Yamaha; 3. Robert Simpson, Milford, N.J., 1983 Yamaha.
Super Mono: 1. Paul Conley, Acton, Mass., 96 MZ; 2. Peter Kight, Alpharetta, Ga., 1992 Rotax; 3. Jay Niederst, Santa Paula, Calif., Rotax.
Production Singles: 1. Trent Thomas, Waynesville, N.C., 1995 MZ; 2. Paul Conley, Acton, Mass., 1996 MZ; 3. William House, Albany, N.Y., 1996 MZ Skorpion.
Sound of Thunder: 1. Paul Vitale, Warren, Mich., 2001 Ducati; 2. Dario Marchetti, Ducati; 3. Albert Charles, Thornville, Ohio; 2002 Ducati.