You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.

X

Welcome to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

breaking news

Former President George H.W. Bush hospitalized in Houston, official says

Two-time ARCA champ Raymond remembered


Lee Raymond’s racing career will long be remembered for two Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) titles and a start in the Daytona 500.

It was Raymond’s unique driving style that car owner and friend Jim Coyle, for one, will never forget.

“On short tracks he would drive one-handed. He’d put his left hand on the window sill and drove with just his right hand,” Coyle said of Raymond, 59, who died Thursday evening after a battle with lung cancer. “That kind of always amazed me but it was his way of doing. He did well with it. He was just strong enough to do it and liked to drive that way. I never complained about it.”

Raymond won Coyle two ARCA championships with that driving style in 1985 and 1986. He was also named ARCA Rookie of the Year in 1982.

He made perhaps his biggest start on Feb. 19, 1989, competing in his only NASCAR Winston Cup (now Sprint Cup) race. He started 21st in the Daytona 500 and finished 26th, ahead of legendary names like Dale Jarrett, Mark Martin, Bill Elliott and A.J. Foyt.

Raymond was a regular on the area short tracks including Kil-Kare Speedway in Xenia and Shady Bowl Speedway near DeGraff as well as the high-banked Dayton Speedway. He’s a member of both the Dayton Speedway and Kil-Kare Speedway halls of fame. Following his racing career he served as race director at Kil-Kare.

On the ARCA circuit, Springfield’s Bobby Bowsher enjoyed trading paint with Raymond just as much as trading stories.

“Lee was like another guy I really enjoyed racing with and that was Bob Keselowski,” Bowsher said. “If you raced him clean he was going to race you clean. He’d give you room if you needed it. He wouldn’t try to put you in a bad spot.”

Along with his father, Joe, the Raymonds are among a handful of father-son winners on the ARCA circuit. Joe won at Dayton Speedway in 1979. They also worked together at the family business, Joe’s Radiator Shop in Dayton.

Raymond is survived by his son Joseph and sister Joy.

Funeral arrangements are pending.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Sports

H.S. Results for 1/17: Franklin boys avoid upset

Konnor Black scored all of his game-high 14 points in the second half Tuesday as Franklin remained unbeaten in the Southwestern Buckeye League boys basketball by fending off upset-minded Eaton, 58-57. Payton Knott added 11 for Franklin (11-1 overall, 6-0 SWBL), which missed a free throw with 3 seconds to play. Eaton (5-9, 0-5) rebounded and got off...
Shawnee beats former conference rival Stebbins
Shawnee beats former conference rival Stebbins

Stebbins may be in a new conference but still couldn’t figure out Shawnee on Tuesday night. The Braves beat their old conference foe 54-47 with strong defensive play and timely shooting. It’s a familiar result for Stebbins, which left the Central Buckeye Conference last summer to join the Greater Western Ohio Conference. Though the Indians...
Dayton Flyers coach Green shocked by Northwestern player’s death
Dayton Flyers coach Green shocked by Northwestern player’s death

Dayton Flyers coach Shauna Green will attend a visitation service for Northwestern player Jordan Hankins on Thursday in Indianapolis. Hankins, a sophomore guard who appeared in 11 games this season, died Jan. 9. Her body was found in her dorm room. Her death was ruled a suicide. Green was an assistant coach at Northwestern last season and got to know...
UD Arena ranks among nation’s top venues
UD Arena ranks among nation’s top venues

Writers at Scout.com’s Stadium Journey ranked the stadium experiences at 761 venues across the nation in 2016, and UD Arena finished in the top five percent, No. 37 to be exact. “Among the impressive college basketball history, incredible game atmospheres, and enjoyable and affordable fan experience, Dayton’s UD Arena should be on...
Shauna Green says Dayton Flyers turned the corner over winter break
Shauna Green says Dayton Flyers turned the corner over winter break

With a new coach at the helm and not much time to get used to her system, the Dayton Flyers faced a tall challenge in the opening month of the season, and from a win-loss standpoint, it proved to be too tall. Shauna Green started her UD career with a 3-6 record. That’s where the Flyers stood on Dec. 9 after a 76-72 loss at home to Toledo. They...
More Stories