50 Greatest Modified Drivers – Bill Greco
“Proved His Point at Stafford”
Bill Greco, a New England short track legend, raced at Stafford in 1969 and 1970. With one win, on June 20, 1970, and numerous top five finishes, Greco proved to his peers that he was competitive on the larger tracks.
Greco, who began his racing career at the now closed Savin Rock Speedway, which was located near New Haven, Connecticut, is best known for his exploits at Riverside Park where he all but ruled the roost for fifteen years.
Beginning in 1960, Greco compiled 57 victories. A two time Riverside Park Modified Champion, Greco was also a charter member of the old All Star League that was formed in 1967. Greco raced on both dirt and asphalt, putting in a fine showing wherever he went.
During Greco’s era at Riverside, the track was a paved 1/5-mile oval that provided close quarters and tight competition. Among the legends he raced with were Eddie Flemke, Sr., Dick Dixson, Buddy Krebs, Jerry Humiston, Gene Bergin, Ed Patnode, and Bob Stefanik. One had to be good to beat these guys!
In the twilight of his career he concentrated his efforts at the Waterford Speedbowl where he won over a dozen main events before retiring in 1975.
By: Phil Smith