Bill Clemmons passes

Bill Clemmons
By Stan Kalwasinski

Bill Clemmons of Lockport, Ill., the 1986 Sportsman stock car champion at Santa Fe Speedway, passed away on August 27 at the age of 60.

Racing out of Romeoville at the time, Clemmons captured seven Sportsman division feature races, wheeling a 1986 Monte Carlo to championship honors at the dirt track in Willow Springs.  1982 was Clemmons first year in the “top 20” in Santa Fe’s Sportsman points standings, finishing 16th.  He captured his first career feature win on June 12, 1982.

Clemmons finished 14th in the sportsman points in 1983 and in eighth place in both 1984 and 1985, winning a combined total of eight feature races during those three years.

After winning the Sportsman title, Clemmons moved into the Late Model ranks at Santa Fe.  He was the 10th ranking Late Model driver at Santa Fe in 1993 and won his first career late model feature victory on August 7, 1993.  Clemmons raced in the Late Model division at Santa Fe during the track’s final year of operation – 1995.

A Memorial gathering for Bill Clemmons will be held Thursday, August 31, 2017 from 3:00 pm until time of memorial service at 7:30 pm in the O’Neil Funeral Home Chapel, 1105 E. 9th (159th), Lockport with Rev. Suzanne Anderson-Hurdle officiating.