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Bruton Smith Biography
Who was Bruton Smith ?
Bruton Smith, a NASCAR Hall of Famer and track owner, has died at the age of 95.
Ollen Bruton Smith was a promoter and owner/CEO of NASCAR track owner Speedway Motorsports, Inc. He was inducted into NASCAR Hall of Fame January 23, 2016. He was ranked #207 on the Forbes 400 list with an estimated worth of $1.5 billion in 2005, and fell to #278 in 2006. Wikipedia
Smith’s death was announced Wednesday by Speedway Motorsports, the company he founded in 1994 that operates numerous tracks on the NASCAR schedule.
His son, Marcus, the current president and CEO of Speedway Motorsports, posted a tribute to his father on social media, saying, “I had a wonderful Father’s Day weekend. I am very grateful to be a father and to have an amazing father.”
How old was Bruton Smith ?
March 3, 1927, Oakboro, North Carolina, United States
Along with the heartwarming caption, Marcus shared two photos of his father, surrounded by his family.
An amateur racer during his teens, Smith claims he beat out NASCAR legends Buck Baker and Joe Weatherly.
After his mother discouraged him from racing, Smith became a businessman and promoted his first race at 18.
Smith would later become known as one of the visionaries behind NASCAR.
In 1994, he founded Speedway Motorsports, which owns eight NASCAR tracks that host twelve NASCAR Sprint Cup events.
Among the NASCAR tracks owned by the company are Charlotte Motor Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Sonoma Raceway, Kentucky Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway.
The NASCAR All-Star Sprint Race is also held annually at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
He shocked the motoring world a year later when he took the company public and listed it on the New York Stock Exchange.
Smith founded Sonic Automotive, a group of 100 car dealers in the US.
He was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2016.