|Birth: ||Sep. 22, 1979|
|Death: ||Sep. 2, 2007|
William James Allen Kimmel, age 27, of Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County, Pa. died as a result of an accident during a Sprint Car Race at the Williams Grove Raceway. He was in the 24th lap of a 25 lap race when his car hit the guardrail and then into another racecar. His car caught fire. This was quickly put out and and the deceased was extracated from the vehicle and was flown to Harrisburg Hospital by Life-Lion, where he was pronounced dead.
Billy (car #47) loved racing during his short life. He worked for various racecar teams and collected many parts to put his own car together.
The last death at the Williams Grove Speedway was in the year 1984 and the last death was in 2000 at the former Silver Spring Speedway close by.
Billy was born in Camp Hill the son of Robert A. and Jean L. Kimmel, who survive him.
He was a graduate of Mechanicsburg High School.
Billy was an avid Sprint Car racer and fan. He worked on various teams since the age of 12 and eventually owned his owned his own car and team, racing mostly at Williams Grove Speedway and sometimes Lincoln and Port Royal Speedways.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his brother, Robert P. Kimmel of Dillsburg.
There was a viewing at the Myers Funeral Home, Mechanicsburg, with a reception and time of sharing at the Sheapherdstown United Methodist Church, Mechaicsburg. There was no mention of burial arangements.
(from The Carlisle Sentinal, Sept. 8, 2007)
Bill Kimmel's friends describe him as a down-to-earth, loveable friend whose blue-collar style and underfunded race car team made him a fan favorite.
"If anybody could define the term "underdog," that was Bill," said Greg Obst, a racing enthusiast who knew Kimmel.
Obst said, before one race, Kimmel showed up without any useable tires or money. Obst said Kimmel's fans had enough money to buy new tires. Obst said the gesture overwhelmed Kimmel, a Mechanicsburg native.
"He was standing there with tears in his eyes," Obst said.
It was just a symbol, Obst said, of the bond that had developed between Kimmel and his fans.
"He was never going to win the race," Obst said, "but, by god, he would capture the hearts of the people watching."
Those hearts hang heavy today after Kimmel, 27, ided after an accident at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg on Sunday night.
He was flown via Life Lion to Harrisburg Hospital after the accident, where he was pronounced dead at 11:51 p.m., according to the hospital. The hospital said Kimmel was alive at the scene, but crews had to begin CPR while he was in flight.
by Alex Roarty and Brad Vores
Created by: Bill Corl
Record added: Sep 06, 2007
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