Billy Leber of Tonawanda, New York is one of a few people who have lived the dream of being able to drag race his entire life. Besides being a competent engine builder and race car builder from his garage in Tonawanda, his true passion is drag racing.
His career spans some 30 years doing what he does best and that's winning. Leber started out drag racing right out of high school when he converted his 1965 Chevy II to race car status.
After successfully campaigning the Chevy II for many years, he also shoed several race cars from prominent racers in the Western New York region including long time racer Paul Delmonte. "Paul (Delmonte) was really instrumental in my racing career and I drove his car for several years with some success, '? said Leber. "He backed me financially and allowed me to pursue my passion,"? he continued. He also drove Joe Lilenthal's wild Jeep at select events.
In 1996, he won the Empire Nationals at New York International Raceway racing in Super Rod, and his winning continued from then on winning back to back NHRA national events in Super Stock competition at Dallas and Las Vegas, then won a Super Gas title the following year at Las Vegas. He also was named the NHRA NED Driver of the Year. He's won 7 NHRA titles, 2 divisional championships and several IHRA events in his career.
Besides owning an assortment of race cars that include a Pontiac Grand Am, which was formerly a Pro Stocker for Top Sportsman competition, he owns a Chevrolet S-10 Super Stocker, Corvette roadster, and his current ride a Top Dragster/Super Comp RED.Â Â Leber also shoes for the Caruso Family Racing operation at select events in Top Dragster and Super Comp when Marc and Jackie's daughter can't race.
Plans for the upcoming season are to win as many classes of competition as he can and Leber will also drive his father's (Bill Leber Sr.) beautiful 1966 Chevy II in weekly bracket racing action locally this year.