Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Dirt Track Racing Loses a Great Friend

Sad news received today that racing photographer " Billy " Haffer, also known as " Photo Billy " lost his life early Tuesday morning in an automobile accident. Billy was riding in a car with two friends when they experienced mechanical issues near Ottumwa, Iowa and there car was rearended by a semi tractor. Billy and another man were killed, and the driver was taken to the hospital. Although from the St Louis area, they were apparently headed back to Quincy after Billy had taken photos at the sprint car race at Oskaloosa. Billy took photos at several UMP tracks, and this was his first season as photographer at Quincy Raceways. He was a genuine nice guy, a dedicated race fan, and someone who never met a stranger. Quincy Raceways will honor him Sunday night, and Griffin Motorsports will have memorial stickers for sale, with the proceeds going to the families. Billy was only 44 years young. RIP, my friend.

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