FORT WORTH, Texas (April 10, 2013) - The following is a statement from Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage regarding Wednesday's announcement that Speedway Motorsports, Inc. Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board O. Bruton Smith was one of five newcomers among the 25 nominees for the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2014. Texas Motor Speedway is one of eight speedways owned and operated by Smith under the Speedway Motorsports, Inc. banner.
"We are so proud that our boss, Bruton Smith, has been nominated to be considered for the NASCAR Hall of Fame. He deserves to be honored in the Hall. He has been one of the people to lead our sport from a small regional promotion to an international force. I also know the many occasions he has quietly helped employees, crew members and drivers that came across hard times in their lives. Most of all, Bruton has helped the fans by leading the way with modern facilities and major-league promotion. Personally, I'm glad he's my boss, but mostly I'm glad he's my friend."