LOUISVILLE — William Irvin “Billy” Howell, who was inducted into the Kentucky Motorsports Hall of Fame last August at the Swope Cars of Yesteryear Museum in Elizabethtown, has died. Howell, who had battled cancer, died Tuesday. He was 72.
Howell had been owner, operator and director of Billy Howell Funeral Chapel in Hodgenville.
His stock car racing hobby began in 1962 at Louisville’s Fairgrounds Motor Speedway. He raced weekly there and won the 1975 season championship for new and late models.