Selinsgrove to honor Paul Long

Long LM Memorial August 28 at Selinsgrove SELINSGROVE, Pa. -- Selinsgrove Speedway officials, fans and race teams will honor the memory of former track champion and employee Paul Long with the running of the inaugural Paul Long Memorial for Late...

Long LM Memorial August 28 at Selinsgrove

SELINSGROVE, Pa. -- Selinsgrove Speedway officials, fans and race teams will honor the memory of former track champion and employee Paul Long with the running of the inaugural Paul Long Memorial for Late Models on Saturday, August 28 at 7 p.m.

The special 63-lap event will pay $6,300 to win and $500 to start out of a purse totaling more than $26,000. Due to the overwhelming sponsorship support of the tribute race that was coordinated by Long's daughter, Paula, and the Long family, track promoter Charlie Paige announced the event will carry regular admission prices.

Joining the late models will be the sprint cars and pro stocks. The rain date is Sunday, August 29.

Long, 66, of Middleburg, passed away last November, shortly after the 2003 racing season ended at Selinsgrove Speedway.

Long was one of the most popular late model drivers in central Pennsylvania throughout the 1960s and 1970s. At the start of his career, he drove his own No. 5 that was black and turquoise in color. His most recognized entry was the orange and white No. 63 that carried the Selinsgrove Motors banner.

Long won Selinsgrove Speedway track titles in 1966 and 1973. He's listed sixth on the all-time career win list with 32 career victories at the Snyder County oval. He's a former late model champion at Williams Grove Speedway as well, where he also made a brief stint in a sprint car until a bad crash in 1969 put him back in late models for the duration of his career.

For the past 10 years, Long and his wife, Twila, have managed the speedway's main concession stand. Long was a 1955 graduate of Middleburg High School. He served in the U.S. Army from 1960-1962, serving with the 101st Airborne. For 37 years, he worked as a mechanic at Selinsgrove Ford.

For the Long Memorial, 2004 Selinsgrove Speedway late model rules and specifications will be in effect. The tire rule is a Hoosier on all four wheels (front and left rear must be 15 compound or harder; right rear must be 45 or harder

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