NASCAR champion at just 23 years of age, he became the youngest to win the Grand National title.
He drove in the local New York circuit before joining NASCAR's 'strictly stock' series.
In his championship year, he had five top-5 finishes while accumulating 1,959 points and earning $6,100.
His father ran a Chevrolet dealership, where young Bill occasionally helped out.
He beat Tim Flock over a dirt track in a 200-lap NASCAR event.