The racing Sterett family of Owensboro, Kentucky will be inducted into the inagural class of the Kentucky Motorsports Hall of Fame in August. Father Bill and sons Billy and Terry raced unlimited hydroplanes in the late 60s and early 70s. Together the Sterett family gathered 7 wins in unlimited competetion, with Bill having six and son Billy winning the other one. Terry raced the Atlas Van Lines II to a second place in the 1971 Gold Cup as his best finish. He finished behind another Owensboro native, Jim McCormick in the Miss Madison.
Father Bill won the 1969 Gold Cup in San Diego for Bernie Little's Miss Budweiser, along with 4 race wins and the National High Points Championship. Soon after Bill retired as an active driver, only coming back to drive the Pride of Pay N Pak in 1972 as a fill in driver.
Son Billy won the President's Cup in 1972 in the Pride of Pay N Pak as his only unlimited victory.
Bill raced the automotive powered Miss Chrysler Crew to 2 victories in 1967. Later father and sons campaigned the same hull as Miss Owensboro in 1970. All three drove for Bernie Little and his Miss Budweiser teams at some point in their brief careers.
All three Sterett's put away their racing uniforms after the 1972 season, never to race the big boats again.
Posted by Kirk Duncan at 4:52 PM
The Louisville Courier Journal's Scott Utterback visited the Madison Regatta during Saturday's testing and qualifying. Watch his unique story telling about unlimited hydroplane racing from the banks of the Ohio river, from a fans perspective.
Posted by Kirk Duncan at 11:09 AM