BRISTOL, Tenn. (WJHL) – Bruton Smith, regarded as the man who transformed Bristol Motor Speedway into the iconic racing venue that it is today, will be inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame.
The speedway announced Tuesday that Smith, executive chairman of Speedway Motorsports, will be inducted during a ceremony in Nashville on June 27.
Smith’s company purchased the half-mile oval and quarter-mile dragstrip in 1996. Under Speedway Motorsports, the track was turned into a modern-day coliseum that can seat more than 150,000.
Smith was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2016.
In addition to BMS, Speedway Motorsports also owns Atlanta Motor Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Sonoma Raceway, and Texas Motor Speedway.