BILLY GRECO
Driver
Class of 1999

Billy Greco’s first race car was a Dodge 6 cyl. Powered car, running in the non-Ford division at West Haven. He debuted in the #1147, but the number was shortened to 147 at the urging of track announcer Tom Galon, who said that the number took too long to repeat. The following year, the number was changed again, this time to K9, because, according to Greco, “The car was a dog.”

Greco began racing in 1951, and established himself in the sport early on, by taking track championships at West Haven in 1955, and again in ’56 and ’58. He won Saturday night championships at Riverside Park in 1965 and 67, and also took down several Tuesday night track championships a the Park. His combined feature win total at the Park is 68 including five 500 lap team races.

Billy’ success was not limited to just driving for Harvey Tattersall’s United Stock Car club. He was a charter member for the All Star Racing league and had success on both dirt and asphalt. In the late sixties he tried his hand with NASCAR. Later in his career he was allowed to join NYSSCRA and he raced at the Danbury Racearena.

With so many wins and so many championships, it’s hard to single any one out as being a highlight, according to Greco.