Born on March 3, 1927, in Oakboro, North Carolina, United States, Ollen Bruton Smith was a promoter and owner/CEO of NASCAR track owner Speedway Motorsports, Inc.
He was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame on 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.
In 2017, he was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, and in 2012, he was classified by CNN Money as the oldest CEO of the Fortune 500.
Smith supported child-related causes with his charity Speedway Children’s Charities.
He additionally pledged $50 million toward a Lynx Rapid Transit Services light rail line that would have connected Charlotte Motor Speedway to Uptown Charlotte, while also passing near the original Charlotte Speedway (the site of NASCAR’s first race).
Bruton Smith Death: What Happened To Bruton Smith?
Bruton Smith died on June 22, 2022, at the age of 95.
His death was announced by Speedway Motorsports, which cited natural causes.
Marcus, his son, who is the current president and chief operating officer, and director of NASCAR track owner Speedway Motorports, Inc., on Tuesday, posted a tribute to his father on social media: “I had a wonderful Father’s Day weekend. I am so thankful to be a dad, and to have an amazing dad,”