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Super Late Model icon David Rogers dies at 64

Bruce Nuttleman | STS

Super Late Model icon David Rogers died on Sunday morning due to complications associated with his year-long battle with cancer.

He was 64.

Rogers was one of the most prolific drivers of his era, holding a resume highlighted by the 1994 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series championship. He also holds the record for the most Snowball Derby appearances at 33.

The Orland, Florida native earned track championships at New Smyrna Speedway, Volusia Speedway Park and Orlando Speedworld. He is the most prolific performer in New Smyrna Speedway history with victories in the Florida Govenor’s Cup, Orange Blossom 100, Red Eye 100, Pete Orr Memorial and the World Series of Asphalt.

Rogers had just returned to active competition in December, following a year long stint undergoing three different treatments for lymphoma. Bubba Pollard captured the World Series of Asphalt championship in 2019 while driving his iconic No. 11.

He was very adamant throughout the process that he wanted to overcome the ailment to return to motorsports. He accomplished that goal when he entered the Snowball Derby. Rogers originally missed the cut but was given an honorary provisional by Five Flags Speedway general manager Tim bryant to take the green flag in his record-breaking appearance.

At the time, Bryant had this to say about the legendary racer.

“David’s Snowball Derby dedication has been unmatched in the history of this race,” Bryant said. “We felt like being in this race served as real motivation for David in his battle with cancer this year and we wish him the best of luck in today’s race.”

Rogers most recently competed in five of the seven World Series of Asphalt races in 2020. His most recent start came on February 12.

He was readmitted to the hospital on Saturday night following concerns that were raised on February 26 over a blood test. He passed on Sunday morning.

In addition to his on-track resume, Rogers was a beloved figure in the pit area, described by most as a gentle giant. The Rogers family will pass along more information in the coming hours and days.

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Matt Weaver is the owner and founder of Short Track Scene. Weaver grew up in the sport, having raced himself before becoming a reporter in college at the University of South Alabama. He is also the associate motorsports editor of Autoweek Magazine and its website, which allows him to cover the highest levels of the sport.

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