Roy Smith (racing driver)

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Roy Smith
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Roy Smith at the 1982 Daytona 500
Born August 6, 1944
Victoria, British Columbia
Died February 26, 2004(2004-02-26) (aged 59)
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
26 races run over 13 years
First race 1975 Los Angeles Times 500
Last race 1989 Autoworks 500
Wins Top tens Poles
0[1] 4[1] 0[1]

Roy Smith (August 6, 1944 – February 26, 2004) is a former NASCAR driver and part of a Victoria-era racing family—brother Al and son Gary have raced.[1]

Career[edit]

Smith raced the majority of his career in Winston West, winning four championships (1980–82, 1988), although he made three stand-alone Winston Cup starts, all in the Daytona 500.

His official NASCAR Sprint Cup Series record shows 26 starts as the other 23 starts were in combination races were Cup/West races.[1] Until 1998, when NASCAR aligned the Winston West Series with the Busch North Series, all Winston Cup races in California or Arizona (along with the 1994 Brickyard 400) were declared combination races where NASCAR could feature both regular "East Coast" (Cup) drivers racing with the West Coast (West) drivers (a similar move was used in the Busch Grand National and Busch North Series races in the Northeast at the time). For West Series drivers, they were awarded points for their series compared to other West Series drivers, and also scored an official Cup start, but not charged with one of the five starts for Rookie of the Year in Cup.

In the Cup Series, He had four finishes in the top ten, including the 1982 Daytona 500, and no wins.[1] Smith was inducted in the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame in 2002.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Roy Smith information at Racing Reference
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Bill Schmitt
NASCAR Winston West Series champion
1980–1982
Succeeded by
Jim Robinson
Preceded by
Chad Little
NASCAR Winston West Series champion
1988
Succeeded by
Bill Schmitt