Billy Standridge

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Billy Standridge
Born (1953-11-27)November 27, 1953
Shelby, North Carolina, U.S.
Died April 12, 2014(2014-04-12) (aged 60)
Lake Wylie, South Carolina, U.S.
Cause of death Cancer
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
23 race(s) run over 7 year(s)
Best finish 47th (1994)
First race 1994 Goodwrench 500 (Rockingham)
Last race 1998 Pepsi 400 (Daytona)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Nationwide Series career
84 race(s) run over 8 year(s)
Best finish 12th (1988)
First race 1988 All Pro 300 (Charlotte)
Last race 1993 AC-Delco 200 (Rockingham)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 5 0

William Gerald "Billy" Standridge (November 27, 1953 – April 12, 2014) was an American stock car racing driver. He was a competitor in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series and Busch Series.

Career[edit]

Born November 27, 1953,[1] Standridge started his racing career in the Goody's Dash Series. Standridge 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 a 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 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 redesigned Taurus for the 1998 season.

His last career start was that the Pepsi 400 in 1998, where his engine expired 19 laps into the race. His last attempt ever came in 1999, when he filled in for Dan Pardus in the Midwest Transit Racing Chevy at Rockingham Speedway in 2nd-round-qualifying, but his time was not fast enough to make the race. Outside of NASCAR, Standridge ran an auto-parts store in Shelby, North Carolina.[2]

In March 2014, Standridge was diagnosed with cancer. He died on April 12, 2014 at his home in Lake Wylie, South Carolina.[1][3] Standridge was survived by his wife, five children, and seven grandchildren

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Billy Standridge Obituary". The Gaston Gazette. Gastonia, NC. April 13, 2014. Retrieved 2014-04-13. 
  2. ^ Jacobs, Misty (May 6, 2012). "Racing legend remembers NASCAR glory days". The Shelby Star. Shelby, NC. Retrieved 2014-04-12. 
  3. ^ Bonkowski, Jerry (April 12, 2014). "Former NASCAR driver Billy Standridge, 60, passes away from cancer". MotorSports Talk. NBC Sports. Retrieved 2014-04-12. 

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