Billy Payne

Billy Payne

Cylinder Head Specialist

Age:  37
Date Born:  August 7, 1981
State Born:  Washington
Family:  Fiancé: Molly, Dog: Beethoven, Parents: Bill & Claudia, Sister: Carrie, Niece: Jaylyn
Hobbies:  My late father's 1932 Ford Roadster, Traveling, and Music.


Started in Drag Racing in 2010, as a crew member on Jason Rupert’s Nostalgia nitro funny car. Won four consecutive nostalgia funny car championships from 2011 – 2014 with Rupert in the NHRA & IHRA crew member on Gary & Steven Densham’s 2015 NHRA Nostalgia Funny Car Championship Winning “Teacher’s Pet” Nitro Funny Car.

2017-2018 Cylinder Head Specialist for Clay Millican’s Top Fuel Dragster, tuned by David Grubnic Highlights include:

  • Clay’s first NHRA event win, Bristol 2017
  • Back to back wins at Topeka & Chicago in 2018

  • 15 number 1 Qualifier Awards
  • Set the top fuel National ET record twice: St Louis 2017, Pomona 2018