Harrison TWP, MI - The next entry for Michigan Motorsports History Month presented by Sweet Manufacturing is 2002 Hall of Fame inductee, Bill Heeney, Sr. Grandfather to modified driver and current owner/promoter of Corrigan Oil Speedway, Tracey (Heeney) Hernly, the Heeney name goes back decades and has set foot on many facilities in the racing world.
Bill was Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2002. He was born May 11, 1939. He started racing at Corrigan Oil (Spartan) Speedway in 1985. The tracks he has raced at are Spartan Speedway, Jackson, Owosso, Galesburg, Kalamazoo, BK Speedway, Berlin, Dixie, Speedrome, Mt. Clemons, Flat Rock, Pontiac, and Jackson Fairgrounds. He also raced at out-of-state tracks such as Toledo, Sandusky, Lorain County, Canada, Oswego, NY, and many others in New York.
The type of racing he has done includes old model Coupes, Stocks, Modifieds, Sprints and Super Modifieds.
His original interest was developed when his Dad took him to Jackson Motor Speedway to watch. "He was hooked."
His first year of racing was in the summer of 1955. Up through the time of his submission for the Michigan Motorsports Hall of Fame, Bill still attempted to get behind the wheel of race cars as much as he could.
His most important wins, every one he won was important to him! His most cherished moment was when he won the feature at Jackson, Michigan. It was the last Super Modified race run there.
Bill Heeney, Sr. died on March 8, 2002 at the age of 63. (1939 - 2002)
Story - Michigan Motorsports Hall of Fame, additions by Zach Hiser