USAC Winner Billy Shuman, 70


INDIANAPOLIS – Billy Shuman, a four-time USAC National feature winner in the midget and sprint car divisions, had died. He was 70 years old.

The native of Tempe, Ariz., won his four USAC features during a two-month period in 1973. He earned his first victory, a National Midget triumph, at Henry’s Speedway (now known as Daugherty Speedway) in Boswell, Ind., driving for George Gamester.

A few weeks later he added his lone USAC National Sprint Car triumph at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in a 50-lap race while driving for owner Willie Davis.

Just a few weeks later he added what would be his final USAC victories in the Midget class, earning a victory at Charleston Speedway in Illinois while driving for Gamester and his last victory at Idaho’s Meridian Speedway while driving for Richard Polnau.


Shuman is the brother of National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Ron Shuman and the uncle of Casey Shuman, the owner of the POWRi Lucas Oil WAR Sprint League.