NASCAR Community Including Kyle Busch & Tony Stewart Mourn the Loss of “Game Changer” Bruton Smith

Published 06/23/2022, 7:57 AM EDT

It is a very gloomy day for the world of NASCAR as it just lost someone very dear to the sport. Someone who really shaped the Stock Cars races. Bruton Smith, one of the pioneers of the sport, recently passed away.

Bruton Smith founded Sonic Automotive, Inc. However, what he is best known for is as the founding father of Speedway Motorsports. And, he ran some of the most important tracks in NASCAR, including Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Dover Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and many more.

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The entire NASCAR Community came together to pay their respects to the Hall of Famer.

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NASCAR Chairman and CEO, Jim France said.

NASCAR legend, Darrell Waltrip, and Tony Stewart also paid their respects on Twitter.

In fact, Team Penske racing driver, Ryan Blaney, also posted a tweet dedicated to the Speedway Motorsports’ owner. On top of that, Two-time Cup Series Champion and NASCAR Team Owner, Kyle Busch, also came to send his wishes.

Moreover, NASCAR journalist Adam Stern, and NBC’s NASCAR Analyst, Steve Letarte, also paid their condolences.

Rick Hendrick Opens Up On What He Felt About Bruton Smith

Rick Hendrick is another legendary Businessman in the world of NASCAR. And, he has a big impact on the sport, much like Bruton Smith.

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RICHMOND, VA – APRIL 21: Team owner Rick Hendrick stands on the grid prior to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway on April 21, 2018 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images)

Rick Hendrick opened up about their bond as he said, “A pioneer, a visionary and a true original. Never afraid to take a chance, Bruton will go down as one of the greatest promotors and innovators in the history of motor sports. I have tremendous admiration for the legacy he carved out in both racing and the car business. Even though we occasionally competed, I was always happy to call Bruton a friend.”

“He was someone you wanted on your side because he was tough as nails and never backed down from a fight. At the same time, Bruton was incredibly generous and dedicated much of his life to giving back. The impact of Speedway Children’s Charities and his countless acts of kindness cannot possibly be measured.”

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In the end, it’s very unfortunate. However, it is no doubt that Bruton Smith’s name will go down as one of the greats of the sport.

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Hetul Katyal

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Hetul Katyal is an F1-NASCAR web stories creator at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his degree in Journalism from the Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, he is an avid supporter of Carlos Sainz and Scuderia Ferrari. Hetul always looks forward to the paddock going to Baku, but the part of F1 that excites him the most, is seeing the drivers tackle the 'Raidillon' at Spa.

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