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Bruton Smith Obituary: How did Bruton Smith die?

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Ollen Bruton Smith was a promoter, owner and CEO of NASCAR track owner Speedway Motorsports, Inc.

He was born on March 2, 1927, in Oakboro, North Carolina to James Smith and Mollie Smith.

Smith attended his first auto race at age 8, promoted events on a dirt track in Midland, North Carolina as a teen, and opened the Charlotte Motor Speedway in 1960 at age 33.

He is the founder and chairman of Speedway Motorsports, which owns and manages eight NASCAR tracks. He shook up the motorsports world in 1995 when he took the company public and traded it at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

Bruton Smith was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2007.

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In 2012, Smith was classified by CNN Money as the oldest CEO of the Fortune 500.

In January 2016, Smith was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

NASCAR Hall of Fame promoter and track Bruton died on June 22, 2022, at the age of 95.

Bruton Smith died from natural causes. His obituary is yet to be announced by the family.

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