Following the 1992 season Checkered Flag Speedway in Windsor closed the gates for the final time, leaving a number of Windsor drivers with a tough choice. They could venture to the U.S., take to the dirt at South Buxton Speedway, or compete at Delaware Speedway. Lloyd Rawlings (#69) of Windsor took the third option, heading up the 401 for the first time with his Modified. After competing in the division until 2007, including championship seasons in 1993 and 1995, Rawlings stepped up to a FT Garage Late Model, making his debut during the Great Canadian 200 in 2007.
Rawlings spoke about his career highlight, his first track championship in 1993, saying “We were able to lock that up on the McKerlie Millen weekend in front of one of the biggest crowds I’ve ever raced in front of, and it was an awesome afternoon.”
The Rawlings Racing Team consists of just three members on most nights, driver Lloyd, crew chief Doug Rawlings, and Doug’s son Mitchell (age 8), and Rawlings admits that his career has been based around strong family ties, and Lloyd would have it no other way. He explained, “We always joke that I probably spend more time talking to Doug on those long rides home then I do talking to my wife, but we just love the sport so much. Everyone needs a hobby, and our Dad used to own a car and introduced us to this one. It’s come full circle now that Mitchell can come with us, and we can pass our love of racing down to another generation.”
The team is backed by Gus Revenburg Chevrolet, Cybertech Controls and Electronics, and Refac Industrial Components, and has been proud to call Delaware Speedway their home track for 19 seasons.