Raleigh News & Observer
Bruton Smith, the visionary and combative executive who helped shape NASCAR into the sport it is today, died on June 22, 2022. Smith was the billionaire founder and CEO of Speedway Motorsports, Inc.. and founder of Sonic Automotive Group. He was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2016. Former Speedway Motorsports president, H.A. “Humpy” Wheeler, wrote this piece to honor his former boss and friend.