Wednesday, April 12, 2017

"NASCAR Pioneer" Billy Myers Dies During Event - April 12, 1958

October 19, 1924 - April 12, 1958
Billy Myers
Home: Germanton, North Carolina, USA.
Myers began competing in the NASCAR Grand National Division in 1951. Billy raced on the old Daytona road course on the beach, and in the 1956 event finished second to Tom Flock. He also had a third-place finish in a NASCAR Convertible Division beach race in 1957. In his 6 year NASCAR Grand National Division career, Myers recorded 84 starts, 1 pole, 2 wins, 18 top-5s, and 34 top-10s.

On April 12, 1958 while racing in a Modified event at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Billy Myers suffered a heart attack and died. In his memory and the memory if his brother, Bobby, The Myers Brothers award was established. It is awarded annually to a person, or persons, who have made outstanding contributions to stock car racing. The recepeint is elected each year by members of the National Motorsports Press Association.

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