Strange things happen in racing, and on this particular occasion they happened just one year apart. On this date in 1955, Billy Myers won a NASCAR Late Model Sportsman race at Champion Speedway in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Billy had three known wins at the track during the 1955 season.
Just one year later, Billy’s brother Bobby Myers took the checkered flag in a Sportsman race at Peace Haven Speedway (NC). Bobby is the younger brother of Billy, and at this point in racing both had bright futures. This was the last race of record to be run at this track before it was closed at the end of the year.
It’s ironic that both drivers won on the same day just a year apart and they won the same event at the same track almost identically a year apart.
One year later, during the 1957 Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway (SC), Bobby Myers was killed during an early-race accident.
On April 12, 1958, Billy suffered a fatal heart attack while racing in a Modified division race at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
The family racing continued, with Billy’s son Gary Myers becoming a Modified ace at the track and around the Southeast. That tradition continued with his sons, Burt and Jason Myers, who are proven winners at Bowman Gray.
On this date in 2017, Burt won the Hayes Jewelers 200 at Bowman Gray Stadium to add his name to the list of Myers family members to win a race on May 6 in North Carolina.
Other Racing Events on This Date
1984 - Gary Balough and David Rogers won features in an All Pro Series doubleheader at Orlando Speedworld. Balough led 131 of 132 laps in race one and beat Darrell Brown and Rogers for the win. In race two, Rogers beat Balough and Brown for the win. The series would only ever run one more event at the Orlando track.
2000 - Before the Pro All Star Series came together, the International Pro Stock Challenge and Northeast Pro Stock Association together for a combo event on this date in 2000. The late Scott Fraser won the event over John Fleming at Scotia Speedworld in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Ben Rowe would win both Pro Stock series titles that year before dominating the PASS series in the years to come.
2011 - Speaking of Orlando, in 2011, Wayne Anderson won one of his six career Bright House Challenge Series events at Orlando Speedworld. Anderson beat out Rogers for the win on that night.
-Story by: Elgin Traylor, Speed51 Stat Boy
-Photo credit: Brenda Meserve