Myers In Happy Place With Racing Career Back On Track At South Boston
SOUTH BOSTON, Va. (February 14, 2017) – Billy Myers may be the happiest man in racing.
He’s doing what he loves. He’s surrounded by family. And he’s having lots and lots of fun.
“We’re having a good time,” Myers understated about six weeks before the season kicks off at South Boston Speedway on March 25.
It’s not that Myers isn’t serious about racing; he’s as serious as they come. His stats prove it: 37 Limited Division wins at South Boston capped with three championships. He also raced in the old Busch Grand National Series for several years back in the mid-1980s.
No, he takes his racing serious. It’s just he’s at a happy place in his career and life these days.
Myers’ son Jason will be running a team car with him at South Boston this season. Another son, Jamie, will be his crew chief. And as has been the case forever, his wife Delores will be cheering him on every race.
“My wife Delores and I are celebrating our 40th anniversary Saturday,” Myers said Monday evening. “We went to Daytona when we got married and we’re going back this year. She is the best wife in the world. Never once has she told me not to race. She is an amazing woman.”
She never told him to stop racing, but stop he did. From 1988 to 2005 Myers missed just one race at South Boston. That’s when he put together the 37 victories and three championships. But then he went cold turkey after the 2005 season.
“I had a son graduating from high school. It was a good time to stop,” Myers said.
Fate and science got him back on track a couple of years ago. Myers works in the HVAC department at Liberty University. He was doing some work in the kinesiology department in 2014 when one of the professors asked him if he was going to race again.
“I said ‘no, I’m too old’,” recalled the 61-year-old Myers. “They said ‘let’s see how old you are.’ They ran a ton of tests and said ‘you need to get back in the car.’
“My second lap back was the fastest lap I’ve ever run at South Boston. I’m probably the oldest out there, but I bet I enjoy it more than anybody else.”
He returned to South Boston fulltime in 2015 and has raced the past two seasons. This season, he says, will be something special, surrounded by his two sons.
“Jason has zero experience. He’s never turned a lap at South Boston,” Myers said of his 29-year-old son who will debut at South Boston Speedway on March 25. “He tested at Orange County once last year and then we went to Myrtle Beach for a race and he did good there.
“He has drag raced but had no interest in circle track until last year. When we went to the track, he was very responsive with the car.”
Myers admits it’s going to be different racing against his son.
“It’s going to be a challenge. As long as I’m in front, I don’t guess I have to worry about him,” said Myers, who is sponsored by Rice Timber Solutions and Crider Law Office.
And what if Jason is leading and he is running second with a lap to go?
“He’s going to finish second and I’m going to win,” said Myers.
Father and son will get their first shot to go head-to-head when South Boston Speedway’s 60th season opens on March 25 with the Danville Toyota NASCAR Whelen Late Model Twin 100s, featuring two 100-lap races for the Late Model Stock Division, a 50-lap Limited Sportsman Division race, a 30-lap Budweiser Pure Stock race and a 15-lap Budweiser Hornets race.
The full 2017 schedule can be found here.
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