FORT WORTH-DALLAS (Dec. 1, 2000) - O. Bruton Smith, founder and chairman of Speedway Motorsports, Inc., has been named Sprint Car Promoter of the Year by a blue-ribbon panel of media members, manufacturers, promoters and sanctioning body officials...
FORT WORTH-DALLAS (Dec. 1, 2000) - O. Bruton Smith, founder and chairman of Speedway Motorsports, Inc., has been named Sprint Car Promoter of the Year by a blue-ribbon panel of media members, manufacturers, promoters and sanctioning body officials who comprise the National Sprint Car Poll.
The honor caps a year in which Smith and his organization opened the state-of-the-art Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track, a similar facility at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, NC and attracted the largest crowds in the history of the Pennzoil World of Outlaws when the nomadic sprint car series visited the dirt-covered high banks of Bristol Motor Speedway.
The dirt track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is also owned and operated by Speedway Motorsports and the four tracks combined to host approximately 200,000 fans during 14 nights of World of Outlaws sprint car action during the 2000 season.
"We have made a real commitment to help Ted Johnson grow the World of Outlaws sprint car series," said Smith. "Using the same successful formula we've used for our NASCAR and other related events at our speedways, we focused on providing state-of-the-art facilities, fan-friendly amenities and strong promotions to promote this series in our markets. Obviously, we are thrilled the fans have embraced what we have done. I deeply appreciate the recognition of our efforts by the National Sprint Car Poll."
Sixteen nights of sprint car racing dot the Speedway Motorsports facilities' schedules in 2001 with nine of the events to be televised by The National Network.
The Dirt Track will host the Pennzoil World of Outlaws at the March 29-30 Southern Bleacher Classic and Sept.14-15 O'Reilly Texas Showdown.