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Anderson Speedway Suffers Great Loss with Passing of William Mefford

(May 21, 2011) – The Anderson Speedway family is mourning the loss of its great friend and family member, William Mefford. Willie succumbed to the injuries sustained when the hood on his Late Model flew up and accelerated the car at full throttle into the barriers head on in turn 3 Saturday night.

"Willie was a great friend and a gentlemen competitor" said Rick Dawson, Speedway owner. "He embraced the return of the Late Models to the Speedway this year and was destined to be its Champion. Willie was a pleasure to be around and always hold a place in my heart as the first feature champion when R.J. (Scott) and I purchased the track 15 years ago."

Mefford was a well accomplished Late Model driver with successes at Anderson and Mt. Lawn speedways among others. He earned the victory in the Late Model division on Saturday, May 7, finishing ahead of his son Brandon.

"I want to thank our safety crew, Anderson Fire Department and the helicopter medical staff from St. Johns who did everything humanly possible to resuscitate Willie. Sometimes God has a different plan for us and this time he took our friend to a happier place." continued Dawson. I know I speak for all of our fans and competitors when I say our thoughts and prayers are with Willie's family and wish them God's comfort in their time of pain."

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 26, 2011, at Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service in New Castle with Pastor Doug Stroud officiating. Burial will follow in South Mound Cementary West Lawn Addition. Friends may call from 12-8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25 at the funeral home.

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