The Dirt Track Walk of Fame to Induct Freddy Smith
Known to racing fans as the ¿Southern Gentleman,¿ Smith, who was born and raised in Kings Mountain, N.C., and now lives in Knoxville, Tenn., began racing in 1966.
He moved from limited late models to late models in 1970, quit his job and became a full-time racer in 1979 and today, at age 57, continues to drive his familiar No. 00 in nearly 60 races a year.
Smith¿s resume includes over 780 feature victories. He¿s won the prestigious Dirt Track World Championship an amazing five times, is a two-time winner of $100,000-to-win The Dream at Ohio¿s Eldora Speedway and has twice topped the Show-Me 100 at Missouri¿s West Plains Motor Speedway.
¿Freddy Smith personifies the southern dirt-track racer,¿ said H.A. ¿Humpy¿ Wheeler, president and general manager of Lowe¿s Motor Speedway. ¿Working at night in his backyard garage, Freddy transformed a 1956 Chevy into a race car and that car launched a career which has spanned nearly four decades. We are proud to have this ¿Southern Gentleman¿ join our Dirt Track Walk of Fame.¿
Smith will join 18-time World of Outlaws sprint car champion Steve Kinser, DIRT modified legend Bob McCreadie, longtime sprint car ace Sammy Swindell, DIRT founder Glenn Donnelly, late model legend Mike Duvall and the late AMA motorcycle star Will Davis in the Walk of Fame.
Sanctioned by the O¿Reilly Southern All Star Racing Series, the Golden Corral Dirt Late Model Championship will see several of the nation¿s top dirt late model racers battle in a full slate of action, culminating with a $10,000-to-win, 40-lap feature.
If purchased in advance, tickets are $18 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Adult tickets are $2 more the day of the event and parking at The Dirt Track is free.
To purchase tickets, call 1-800-455-FANS or visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.