Jack Smith (NASCAR driver)

Jack Smith (NASCAR Driver)

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Jack Smith (NASCAR driver)

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Jack Smith (born May 24, 1924 in Metropolis, Illinois - d. October 17, 2001, Spartanburg, South Carolina), was a pioneer NASCAR driver. He raced in the very first NASCAR race ever in 1949, and is a member of the NMPA Hall of Fame in Darlington, South Carolina.

Racing career

Jack Smith moved to Georgia when he was two years old. He worked at a service station in the 1940s near Roswell. He began racing against local bootleggers on rough dirt tracks and asphalt superspeedways, and across fields.

He made his debut in NASCAR's first race in 1949 at the Charlotte Speedway and finished 13th. He is remembered for flipping his car five time and rolling into the parking lot at a 1958 race at Darlington. He won the NASCAR's Most Popular Driver Award in 1959 . He went to win 21 races over the next 14 years. He died from congestive heart failure in 2001.


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