Submitted by Sherry Roberts
The History of #81 – Lonnie Roberts
The story of the #81 race team started in 1969, Lonnie Dee Roberts, Jr. was just a bright-eyed ten year old boy eagerly looking forward to seeing his first race with his father Lonnie, Sr.; affectionately known as LD to all of his family and friends. L.D. took Lonnie to watch his first race at the Old North Valdosta Speedway, which later changed its name to Thunderbowl Speedway. Lonnie and his dad would go to the races every Saturday night, and thus began a love affair that has lasted for more almost forty years.