‘Shorty’ finds victory lane in Busti

Wednesday, July 16, 1958 – Lloyd George “Shorty” Rollins rolled to his first career victory in NASCAR’s premier series, winning the 150-lapper at State Line Speedway in Busti, N.Y. Rollins, a native of Corpus Christi, Texas, pushed his No. 99 Ford to the front with 12 laps remaining. Regional favorites Bob Duell, Ken Johnson, Emory Mahan and John Seeley completed the top five. Lee Petty, already twice a series champion, was eighth.

The win was the only victory in hard-top competition for Rollins, who made 43 premier series starts from 1958-60. He ended his career with 12 top-five and 27 top-10 finishes in the series.

Rollins was named NASCAR Rookie of the year in 1958; he finished third in the ’58 Southern 500 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway.

Rollins was the first driver to win a race at Daytona International Speedway, capturing the 40-lap convertible series event there to earn a starting spot in the inaugural Daytona 500.

In addition to his Daytona convertible win, Rollins also placed second at Charlotte (N.C.) Speedway and also had top-10 finishes at Columbia and Darlington, S.C. in nine career starts.

The 150-lap event at State Line Speedway was the only premier series event held at the 0.333-mile Busti, N.Y., track, located on the western end of the state.

Rollins was the grand marshal for the 1998 Snowball Derby

The State Line race was the second and final series appearance for Brockway, Pa. driver Squirt Johns, who led 42 laps.

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