SELINSGROVE, Pa. - Selinsgrove Speedway officials are mourning the loss of former late model champion Paul Long of Middleburg.
Long, 66, died Saturday morning at the Williamsport Hospital from complications of a recent illness.
"Paul will be remembered as one of the legends of stock car racing at Selinsgrove Speedway," said track public relations director Steve Inch. "He was a great competitor and a dedicated employee at the track. Our condolences go out to the Long family."
Long drove to 32 career wins in late model competition at Selinsgrove Speedway in the 1960s and 1970s, ranking him sixth on the all-time career win list. He won Selinsgrove late model track championships in 1966 and 1973. He also won late model titles at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg.
For many seasons, Long drove the popular Ford-powered No. 63 sponsored by Selinsgrove Motors, where he had been employed as a mechanic for 37 years. He and his wife, Twila, also managed the speedway's main concession stand for 10 years.