“Wild Bill Slater” drove is first race
at Lonsdale R.I. in 1949 and for the next twenty years he won at
tracks from Oxford Plains Maine to Trenton New Jersey.
Slater is a four time champion at
the Norwood Arena and a two-time Sportsmen champion at Thompson. He
won on the dirt at Stafford and on the pavement everywhere.
He was often a top three finisher
in the NASCAR National Sportsman championship run, even though he
raced against full time drivers while he held down a weekly job.
Bill’s list of accomplishments
includes winning 8 straight features at Norwood, and 7 straight wins
at Stafford. In 1959 he posted twenty wins at Waterford. He also
took down two championships at Waterford and one at Stafford.
Slater won the 400 mile race at
Trenton New Jersey four times, and is a two time winner of the
Utica-Rome 400 in New York. His biggest career victory was in his
win at the Langhorne Penn. Race of Champions the first year it was
He drove in The Daytona Permatex
300 four times from 1963 to 66. He is most known for his long time
association with the Vitari-Bombacci owned V8.
He drove his last race at Stafford
in 1969 and then became involved in the promotion side of racing at
Stafford and later Thompson.