Funeral arrangements set for Sprint Car driver - abc27 WHTM

Funeral arrangements set for Sprint Car driver

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The Sprint Car racing world is mourning the loss of a driver known for winning.

Kramer Williamson died Sunday from injuries he received in a crash at Lincoln Speedway during a qualifying race Saturday.

"After he was set, I looked at him and I said, 'Good luck, Daddy,' and we did like a fist pound," daughter Felecia Williamson said. "And I said, 'Go out and have fun.' "

Williamson had his fair share of trips to victory lane. He was rookie of the year at Silver Spring Speedway in 1968 and was inducted into the Sprint Car Hall of Fame 40 years later. He won 144 races during his 45-year career.

Williamson will be remembered, not only for crossing the finish line first, but also for his one-liners.

"His golden rule was I make the gold and I make the rules," Felecia said.

"When things were down, he brought everybody back up," his son, Kurt Williamson, said.

Williamson's family said racing was the driving force that kept them all together.

"Since we were kids, Saturdays we would hop in the truck and go to the race track," Kurt Williamson said.

"My friends would always want me to go do stuff in the summer," his daughter recalled. "Can't you miss one race? No, I can't. This is what we do. It was our family bonding time as he called it. He loved his bonding time."

A man known for being fast on the track, Williamson always had time to slow down for his family.

"He was always there when I needed to talk, when I had something on my mind not about racing. And he was always behind me 100 percent," Kurt said. "He's gonna be missed."

Williamson's trademark Pink Panther car sits outside of his Palmyra home, surrounded by flowers.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. in the Rothermel Funeral Home at 25 West Pine Street in Palmyra.

Family and friends are invited for viewing on Wednesday from 5-9 p.m., with masonic services at 7 p.m., and on Thursday from 9-11 a.m.

Burial at Gravel Hill Cemetery will follow the funeral service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum, 1 Sprint Capital Place, Knoxville, IA, 50138 or York County Racing Club, Injured Drivers Fund, 568 Yale Street, York, PA 17403.

Condolences and memories may be shared at www.rothermelfuneralhome.com.


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