Charlotte community says final goodbye to NASCAR mogul Bruton Smith

Smith died last week at the age of 95. The funeral was held at Central Church, followed by a private graveside ceremony.
Bruton Smith in 2005
Bruton Smith in 2005(Charlotte Motor Speedway)
Published: Jun. 30, 2022 at 12:19 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) – Funeral services took place Thursday for NASCAR giant and Charlotte man Bruton Smith of Speedway Motorsports fame.

Smith died last week at the age of 95. The funeral happened at 1 p.m. at Central Church off Sardis Road. It was followed by a private graveside ceremony.

A man loved by the racing community and beyond, Smith founded Speedway Motorsports back in December 1994.

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A man loved by the racing community and beyond, Smith founded Speedway Motorsports back in December 1994.

The company now has 11 motorsports entertainment facilities across the country, including the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Its 600 mile race became the longest ever in NASCAR history.

Smith was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame back in 2016.

Along with his contributions to the racing world, Smith was also a well-known philanthropist.

Under his leadership, Speedway Children’s Charities has distributed more than $61 million to local organizations across the country that improve the quality of life for children in need.

Speedway Motorsports says Smith often commented that the auto retail business was his first love. He maintained his primary office at his Town & Country Ford dealership in Charlotte.

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