NASCAR Hall of Fame Pioneer, Promoter Dies at 95

NASCAR Hall of Fame Pioneer, Promoter Dies at 95

NASCAR Hall of Fame Pioneer, Promoter Dies at 95

NASCAR Hall of Fame Pioneer, Promoter Dies at 95

Bruton Smith, a major promoter and track manager and a pioneer in auto racing, died at age 95, NASCAR and Speedway Motorsports Inc. announced Wednesday afternoon. Smith, a native of Oakboro, North Carolina, was born on March 3, 1927.

Smith was executive chairman of Speedway Motorsports, which owns and operates auto racing speedways nationwide. He was named executive chairman in 2015 after serving as chairman and chief executive officer of SMI since 1995. He was succeeded as CEO of SMI by his son, Marcus Smith.

SMI’s ownership includes 11 racing facilities that currently host 15 NASCAR Cup Series events in 2022, including four of the series’ 10 playoff races.

Bruton Smith, one of the richest people in the United States, according to Forbes magazine, was known for its auto racing empire but also owned and operated auto dealerships across the country under Sonic Automotive, launched in November 1997.