Billy Standridge was a former NASCAR driver from Shelby, North Carolina. He began running the NASCAR Busch Series in 1986, when he finished 14th at the All Pro 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in his own Pontiac. After that, he began running a limited schedule in the Busch Series, posting five top-ten finishes in 84 starts, the last of which came in 1993. In 1994, he began running a limited schedule in Winston Cup, making his debut at North Carolina Speedway but finishing 42nd after a crash. He ran seven more races that year, his best finish being a 24th at the Southern 500 as well as picking up sponsorship from the WCW and Dura Lube. He followed that up with a 14th place finish at Darlington the following year.
After an unsuccessful stint with Triad Motorsports in 1996 and 1997, Standridge began running his own team, the #47 Ford Thunderbird, picking up sponsorship from the popular NASCAR rumors website Jayski and also from fan-sponsored donations.
His last career start was that the Pepsi 400 in 1998, where his engine expired 19 laps into the race. His last attempt ever came in 1999, when he filled in for Dan Pardus in the Midwest Transit Racing Chevy at Rockingham Speedway in 2nd-round-qualifying, but his time was not fast enought to make the race. He now runs an auto-parts store in North Carolina.
Billy was diagnosed with cancer in March 2014. Sadly, he passed on the morning of April 12, 2014.