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Billy Wilkerson

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Background

Employment History

  • Grand Marshal
    Oval Nationals
  • Competition Director
    Ascot Midget Series
  • Competition Director
    Copper World Classic

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board Member
    California Racing Association
  • Board Member
    CRA
7 Total References
Web References
PitStop.com
www.pitstop.com, 3 June 2004 [cached]
Billy & Anne Wilkerson Named Oval Nationals Grand Marshals!
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(JUNE 2, 2004, PERRIS, CA) Last Saturday, Perris Auto Speedway promoter Don Kazarian announced that Billy and Anne Wilkerson of Temple City, California have been named Grand Marshals for the 9th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals, presented by Temecula Valley Pipe and Supply, at Perris Auto Speedway on October 28th, 29th and 30th.
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In addition to being Grand Marshal at the Oval Nationals, Billy Wilkerson is going to have quite a year.In a move many in the racing fraternity deemed long overdue, he will be inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Iowa this Saturday.The 73-year old native of Nashville, Tennessee will also be honored on August 28th at the 2nd Annual Legends of Ascot at Perris Auto Speedway.
Wilkerson won the California Racing Association Sprint Car Championship in 1967 and 1970.He won the 1967 title driving for Ernie Duncan and garnered the 1970 title driving for fellow 2004 Hall of Fame inductee the late Don Peabody.
Wilkerson's phenomenal career didn't actually start in sprint cars.He first drove Modifieds and Jalopies and captured a California Jalopy Association title in the 1950s.Wilkerson first came to sprint car racing late in the 1964 season and ran as a rookie, at the age of 38, in 1965.He won his first CRA Sprint Car main event at the Clovis Fairgrounds on September 5, 1965.
Wilkerson did not finish in the top 10 in points in 1965 or 1966, but in 1967, he stood the rest of CRA on its ear.He won seven of 38 races and his first ever sprint car championship by 25-points over Ned Spath.Wilkerson's victories that season came at Ascot Park, Whiteman Stadium in Pacoima and Speedway 605, which was located across the freeway from the current Irwindale Speedway.
Wilkerson ended up third in points behind Bob Hogle and Jimmy Oskie in 1968 and was second in points to Oskie in 1969.
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Wilkerson finished fifth overall in 1971, third in 1972 and eighth in 1973.He won 19 CRA main events in his career including four 100-lap Salutes to Indy at Ascot Park (1968, 1969, 1972 and 1973).Quite appropriately, his 19th and last CRA victory came on August 3, 1973 in the city of Clovis where he won his first sprint car main some seven years and 11 months beforehand.
After retiring from the drivers seat, Billy has owned & wrenched sprint cars and served as a racing official.To this day, he is an extremely popular and well liked man with fans, officials and drivers of yesteryear and today.
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Her crew chief happens to be Billy.
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"Billy and Anne are two of the finest and most dedicated people you will ever find in this sport.
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Billy and Anne have always been around and are always doing whatever it takes to advance the sport."
Biography:Billy Wilkerson - Autos & Auto Racing - Liberal Arts & Crafts network
www.liberalartsandcrafts.net, 11 Jan 2002 [cached]
Home > Channels > Autos & Auto Racing > Racing > Billy Wilkerson
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Billy Wilkerson:
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BILLY WILKERSONDATE OF BIRTH: 06/23/1927PLACE OF BIRTH: Nashville, Tennessee
In 1929 Billy's family moved from Tennessee to California.At 12 years old (in 1939) he bought a 1929 Model A for $10.00 and his passion for cars and car racing has never stopped.At the age of 12 he was driving his sister to Sunday school . . . and as he got older he was never "caught" by the law so they could present him with much deserved speeding tickets.
He was delivered to the Navy at age 16 (an alternative to some other type of discipline) and spent 6 years in the service of our country.By 1949, at the age of 22 he competed in his first race.The California Jalopy Association was racing at Lakeland Stadium in El Monte, California and he won heat race and the main event in his first ever competition.
. . . in the early 50's . . . Billy raced at Lincoln Park, Los Angeles, California - he won a few races and can't remember which ones or how many.
. . . 1953 . . . he started racing at Culver City Stadium in Culver City, California, and had lots of fast times; won lots of helmet and trophy dashes.
. . . in about 1955 . . . he raced at Western Speedway in Gardena, California, and continued with an impressive amount of fast times and main event wins.
. . . in 1957 . . . Billy and his brother, Jay, built a "sportsman car" and started racing at Balboa Stadium in San Diego, California.He did fairly well but not really good until they bought one of the Peat Brothers T-Coupe's which he successfully ran at Ascot Park, Irwindale's 605 Speedway, Balboa Stadium, Manzanita Speedway, Tucson Speedway and Knoxville.
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. . . 16 years after retirement (in 1990) Billy wasstill 13th in all-time C.R.A. main event wins
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Billy received the Jimmy Miller Memorial Award in 1970 and 21 years later in 1991 he was awarded the Jeff Bagley Award . . . both of these awards given for total dedication and effort to the sport of Sprint Car Racing.
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They competed in a few Turkey Night races at Ascot and at other midget tracks; Bob and Billy always flipped "double or nothing" for whatever dollars they won (with the exception of the 2nd place at Manzy!).
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After retirement from driving, Billy continued to work in the sport as a CRA Board Member and CRA Official.He also worked for J.C. Agajanian during their Thursday night Asoct Midget Series as Competition Director.And, for several years he was the Director of Sprint Car Competition at the Copper World Classic at P.I.R.
In 1989 he formed his own Sprint Car Team and won his first main event as a car owner on 6/10/89.During his 1992-1994 owner years he donated $100.00, for every main event the team won, to Childhelp USA . . . in the 1994 season this team won a record 12 main events and was nominated for the National Sprint Car Team of the Year!
At age 74 Billy continues pursuing his dedication to Sprint Car Racing helping young up-and-coming drivers in SCRA.He is also involved in vintage car and driver groups and he has restored three 1960 to 1970 era sprint cars.
During 2002 you will find Billy working for Dwight Cheney on Dwight's #21j S.C.R.A. sprint car.
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If you ask Billy who he admires most as a "racer" he will tell you immediately, without hesitation, Parnelli Jones.His favorite color on a race car - red or black; and his lucky car number - 11.
Billy and his wife Anne reside in Temple City, California; between them they have 4 children, 8 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren.
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Billy can be reached through his website at www.winglesswarriors.net/wilkerson/.Also on his Website, you'll find dozens of vintage racing photos, as well as detailed stats from the history of the California Racing Association.
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Billy Wilkerson
Perris Auto Speedway
www.perrisautospeedway.com, 11 Oct 2012 [cached]
Billy Wilkerson was born in Nashville, Tennessee and came to California when the family moved to the San Gabriel Valley when he was two years old. The future Hall of Famer won his first race at Lakeland Stadium in El Monte in a jalopy in 1949. His first major title came when he was crowned California Jalopy Association champ in the mid 1950s. He began racing sprint cars with CRA in 1964 and won his first sprint car main event the following season at Clovis. Billy scored 21-lifetime CRA wins (five of them were 100 lappers) and that has him ranked 25th on the all-time CRA, SCRA, USAC/CRA win list from 1946 to 2012.
After he retired from the driver's seat, Billy became a car owner and had a bevy of stars steer his entries including Rip Williams, Brad Noffsinger, Damion Gardner and Ron Shuman. He also served on the CRA board, was competition director for the Ascot Midget Series and competition director for the sprint cars at the Copper World Classic in Phoenix.
"Billy was a great guy who could to it all in racing," Kazarian said.
Perris Auto Speedway
www.perrisautospeedway.com, 2 June 2004 [cached]
(JUNE 2, 2004, PERRIS, CA) Last Saturday, Perris Auto Speedway promoter Don Kazarian announced that Billy and Anne Wilkerson of Temple City, California have been named Grand Marshals for the 9th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals, presented by Temecula Valley Pipe and Supply, at Perris Auto Speedway on October 28th, 29th and 30th.
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In addition to being Grand Marshal at the Oval Nationals, Billy Wilkerson is going to have quite a year.In a move many in the racing fraternity deemed long overdue, he will be inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Iowa this Saturday.The 73-year old native of Nashville, Tennessee will also be honored on August 28th at the 2nd Annual Legends of Ascot at Perris Auto Speedway.
Wilkerson won the California Racing Association Sprint Car Championship in 1967 and 1970.He won the 1967 title driving for Ernie Duncan and garnered the 1970 title driving for fellow 2004 Hall of Fame inductee the late Don Peabody.
Wilkerson's phenomenal career didn't actually start in sprint cars.He first drove Modifieds and Jalopies and captured a California Jalopy Association title in the 1950s.Wilkerson first came to sprint car racing late in the 1964 season and ran as a rookie, at the age of 38, in 1965.He won his first CRA Sprint Car main event at the Clovis Fairgrounds on September 5, 1965.
Wilkerson did not finish in the top 10 in points in 1965 or 1966, but in 1967, he stood the rest of CRA on its ear.He won seven of 38 races and his first ever sprint car championship by 25-points over Ned Spath.Wilkerson's victories that season came at Ascot Park, Whiteman Stadium in Pacoima and Speedway 605, which was located across the freeway from the current Irwindale Speedway.
Wilkerson ended up third in points behind Bob Hogle and Jimmy Oskie in 1968 and was second in points to Oskie in 1969.
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Wilkerson finished fifth overall in 1971, third in 1972 and eighth in 1973.He won 19 CRA main events in his career including four 100-lap Salutes to Indy at Ascot Park (1968, 1969, 1972 and 1973).Quite appropriately, his 19th and last CRA victory came on August 3, 1973 in the city of Clovis where he won his first sprint car main some seven years and 11 months beforehand.
After retiring from the drivers seat, Billy has owned & wrenched sprint cars and served as a racing official.To this day, he is an extremely popular and well liked man with fans, officials and drivers of yesteryear and today.
Joining Billy as a grand marshal at the Oval Nationals will be his lovely wife Anne.
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Her crew chief happens to be Billy.
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"Billy and Anne are two of the finest and most dedicated people you will ever find in this sport.
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Billy and Anne have always been around and are always doing whatever it takes to advance the sport."
SCRAFAN.COM - Press Release
www.scrafan.com, 2 June 2004 [cached]
BILLY & ANNE WILKERSON NAMED OVAL NATIONALS GRAND MARSHALS!
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(JUNE 2, 2004, PERRIS, CA) Last Saturday, Perris Auto Speedway promoter Don Kazarian announced that Billy and Anne Wilkerson of Temple City, California have been named Grand Marshals for the 9th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals, presented by Temecula Valley Pipe and Supply, at Perris Auto Speedway on October 28th, 29th and 30th.
...
In addition to being Grand Marshal at the Oval Nationals, Billy Wilkerson is going to have quite a year.In a move many in the racing fraternity deemed long overdue, he will be inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Iowa this Saturday.The 73-year old native of Nashville, Tennessee will also be honored on August 28th at the 2nd Annual Legends of Ascot at Perris Auto Speedway.
Wilkerson won the California Racing Association Sprint Car Championship in 1967 and 1970.He won the 1967 title driving for Ernie Duncan and garnered the 1970 title driving for fellow 2004 Hall of Fame inductee the late Don Peabody.
Wilkerson's phenomenal career didn't actually start in sprint cars.He first drove Modifieds and Jalopies and captured a California Jalopy Association title in the 1950s.Wilkerson first came to sprint car racing late in the 1964 season and ran as a rookie, at the age of 38, in 1965.He won his first CRA Sprint Car main event at the Clovis Fairgrounds on September 5, 1965.
Wilkerson did not finish in the top 10 in points in 1965 or 1966, but in 1967, he stood the rest of CRA on its ear.He won seven of 38 races and his first ever sprint car championship by 25-points over Ned Spath.Wilkerson's victories that season came at Ascot Park, Whiteman Stadium in Pacoima and Speedway 605, which was located across the freeway from the current Irwindale Speedway.
Wilkerson ended up third in points behind Bob Hogle and Jimmy Oskie in 1968 and was second in points to Oskie in 1969.
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Wilkerson finished fifth overall in 1971, third in 1972 and eighth in 1973.He won 19 CRA main events in his career including four 100-lap Salutes to Indy at Ascot Park (1968, 1969, 1972 and 1973).Quite appropriately, his 19th and last CRA victory came on August 3, 1973 in the city of Clovis where he won his first sprint car main some seven years and 11 months beforehand.
After retiring from the drivers seat, Billy has owned & wrenched sprint cars and served as a racing official.To this day, he is an extremely popular and well liked man with fans, officials and drivers of yesteryear and today.
Joining Billy as a grand marshal at the Oval Nationals will be his lovely wife Anne.
...
Her crew chief happens to be Billy.
...
"Billy and Anne are two of the finest and most dedicated people you will ever find in this sport.
...
Billy and Anne have always been around and are always doing whatever it takes to advance the sport."
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