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Remembering "Speedy" Bill Smith

"I have been honored to know and do business with Bill Smith and his great company. I know sadness accompanies a loss of such an amazing person but knowing Bill I don't think he would want us to dwell on that emotion for long. I will miss those great visits at the SEMA Show with Bill and Joyce. I always looked forward to those conversations and storytelling moments. Our employees always got a kick out of hearing him call me "Jimmie".

To Bill's sons and extended family, please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers."

- Jim Hairston, Pertronix Performance Products 

"We'd just like to offer our sympathy and condolence on the passing of Speedway Motors Founder, Speedy Bill Smith. We're happy to have been associated with him as a vendor.

- Denny Gross & Dave Wickham, 802 Solutions LLC 

"We would like to extend our condolences to the Smith Family upon hearing the news about Bill. We feel fortunate to be a supplier to your business and feel Bill had a hand in that decision. We will continue to offer you the same quality products and service that he expected from us.

- Tim Guerra, Canton Racing Products 

"Our Prayers and thoughts Go out to the Family" 

- J.R. Spain's Hot Rods & Marshall County Street OutLaws  

"It is never easy to find the words at a time like this. My condolences to the family and to all who were touched by Bill. I am sure he will be missed, but he will not be forgotten.

- Joseph F Miceli Jr, Omniscient Solutions 

"Sincere condolences from the team here at American Speed Company. We all owe pioneers like him our sincere gratitude for his efforts and contributions to the industry, which have benefitted us all. We were present at the NSRA Nationals in Louisville a couple of years ago when he was honored for his on-going contributions to the hot rod industry. It was inspiring to see him up on stage and humbly accept his award. While he will be greatly missed by all of his family and friends, as well as his extended family of business associates, we know that his legacy will live on through the organization he has built from the ground up over the years. It is sad to see the great ones pass on, but we all have a key role in making sure that their legacy lives on. We hope to be able to do our part in support of that effort.

- Mike Loewengruber, American Speed Company 

"We are saddened to hear the news of Bill’s passing. I trust that all can find some comfort in the incredible memories of times spent with “Speedy” Bill. We offer each member of the Smith family our prayer during this very difficult time. Bills legacy is never ending and is a beacon of light for all of us in the automotive family to follow.

- Tim McCarthy, Hushmat 

"All of us at USAC are truly saddened by the news of Bill's passing. Obviously the sport will deeply miss his passion and I personally will miss seeing him on those occasions where I could always count on seeing him. He was a gentleman and a friend and what more could you ask. I truly valued his friendship and will always remember the times we spent.

I particularly am proud to have presented the USAC "Grand Marshal" plaque at last year's Belleville Silver Crown race. We wore matching calico pink shirts.

- Dick Jordan, USAC VP/Communications 

"Bell Racing would like to extend our condolences to the Smith family and the employees of Speedway Motors on the passing of ‘Speedy’ Bill Smith. Bill was an innovator and pioneer in the racing industry and his entrepreneurial spirit was a driving force in establishing and building the distribution market for racing parts and safety equipment. He was also passionate about preserving the history and heritage of racing and his collection housed in the Museum of American Speed is a treasure for all to enjoy. A few years ago on a visit to Lincoln, Bill took the time to give me a personal tour of the museum. I will cherish the memories of him elaborating on his collection and sharing his insight into business and life. Bill and his wife Joyce will be deeply missed.

- Kyle Kietzmann, Bell Racing 

"My favorite memory of Bill relates to his dry sense of humor. Not long after Speedway bought A-FAB, Jeff Scales and I were in a meeting that included Bill. Without so much as a smile, he looked under the table and said I just wanted to make sure you had shoes on. Obviously, in reference to Boonville’s proximity to Kentucky and the rest of the south in comparison to Lincoln.

We’ve had fun with that one ever since!

- Ted M. Hemmelgarn, A-FAB, LLC 

"Godspeed to two of the most wonderful assets the Hot Rod world has known. We were blessed to have them.

- The R2C performance family 

"Bill "Speedy" will be missed greatly. The fond memories of so many will keep his legacy alive for generations to come. Thank you Bill for all the things you did in your life to enrich the lives of so many. You will be missed. Warm thoughts, prayers and condolences to his entire family and those he loved so much.

- Jonathan Saltman, International Aero Products 

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Anyone who would like to share thoughts, memories and condolences are invited to send them via email to FourXBill@speedwaymotors.com

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