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Bruton Smith Biography
Who is Bruton Smith?
NASCAR Hall of Famer and track owner Bruton Smith has died at the age of 95.
Ollen Bruton Smith is the promoter and owner/CEO of Speedway Motorsports, Inc., the owner of the NASCAR track. He was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame on January 23, 2016. He was ranked No. 207 on the Forbes 400 list, worth an estimated $1.5 billion in 2005, and dropped to No. 278 in 2006.Wikipedia
Smith’s death was announced Wednesday by Speedway Motorsports, the company he founded in 1994, which operates numerous tracks on the NASCAR schedule.
His son Marcus, now the president and CEO of Speedway Motorsports, paid tribute to his father on social media, saying: “I had a great Father’s Day weekend. I’m so grateful to be a father and have An amazing father.”
How old is Bruton Smith?
March 3, 1927, Oakborough, North Carolina, USA
Along with the heartwarming caption, Marcus shared two photos of his father surrounded by his family.
Smith, an amateur racer as a teenager, claims he beat NASCAR legends Buck Baker and Joe Weatherly.
After his mother discouraged him from competing, Smith became a businessman and advertised his first game at the age of 18.
Smith was later known as one of the visionaries behind NASCAR.
In 1994, he founded Speedway Motorsports, which owns eight NASCAR tracks and hosts 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup events.
The company’s owned NASCAR racetracks include Charlotte Motor Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Sonoma Motor Speedway, Kentucky Motor Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway race track.
The NASCAR All-Star Sprint is also held annually at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
A year later, he shocked the automotive world when he took the company public and listed it on the New York Stock Exchange.
Smith founded Sonic Automotive in the United States, a group of 100 auto dealers.
He was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2016.