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Hundreds remember 'Speedy' Bill Smith

By: Lauren Fabrizi

Hundreds had the chance to remember racing legend "Speedy" Bill Smith Saturday. He passed away a couple weeks ago at the age of 84.

For smith's old pal, Gary Swenson, it was a trip down memory lane.

"He's having a good time wherever he's at, he always did have." Swenson said. "We always got along good."

Swenson's known Smith since 1958. He said they raced against each other for years. After that, he was Smith's chief mechanic.

As the founder of Speedway Motors in Lincoln, Smith met a lot of people throughout his lifetime. What started as a small shop, transformed into one of the largest racing parts spots in the world.

"I think everyone comes here knowing what he did, and how he went about things," Swenson said. "And he did a tremendous job."

Many smiling faces filled the Museum of American Speed as they recounted Speedy Bill's many accomplishments. He's received dozens of lifetime achievement awards, and has been inducted into numerous industry halls of fame.

Dick and Vicki Stephenson knew Smith from working in the mechanic business. They said there was more to him than just his job.

"He was a very well–respected person," Vicki said. "And very much a family man."

Smith's four sons and grandchildren were there to lead the celebration.
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