Billy Standridge 1953-2014
This is his bio from Wikipedia
At a young age Billy had a love for racing. He would race lawn mowers for fun and the love that he had for cars led into a long challenging career in stock car racing and NASCAR. He began Stock car racing in the late 70’s with much success, running small tracks and gaining driving experience. He began running the NASCAR Busch Series in 1986, when he finished 14th at the All Pro 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in his own Pontiac. After that, he began running a limited schedule in the Busch Series, posting five top-ten finishes in 84 starts, the last of which came in 1993. In 1994, he began running a limited schedule in Winston Cup, making his debut at North Carolina Speedway but finishing 42nd after a crash. He ran seven more races that year, his best finish being 24th at the Southern 500 as well as picking up sponsorship from the WCW and Dura Lube. He followed that up with a 14th place finish at Darlington the following year. After an unsuccessful stint with Triad Motorsports being sponsored by Hanes and Diamond Rio in 1996 and 1997, Standridge began running his own team, the #47 Ford Thunderbird, picking up sponsorship from Jayski and also from fan-sponsored donations. He even picked up sponsorship from Phillips after Geoffrey Bodine failed to qualify for a 1998 Talladega race. Standridge was one of the last drivers to run in NASCAR using a Thunderbird after other teams switched to the Taurus for the 1998 season. His last career start was the Pepsi 400 in 1998, where his engine expired 19 laps into the race.
For more information about Dads racing history please visit these sites.
Jayski's Talladega Experience
Perseverance and Surprise - A Tribute to Billy Standridge.
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