Marcus Smith was introduced to the press
Wednesday afternoon as the new president of Lowes Motor Speedway. Even
though he has worked nearly all his life at the Speedway he was still a
question mark in every ones notebook. We knew what not to expect. Not
another Humpy. Not another Bruton. They said he was quiet and smart.
We’ll see. In the 600 room of the Speedway Club were several tables with
eight chairs each. We got our food across the hall in the Speedway Club
buffet and returned to our seats. We had just introduced
ourselves…National Speed Sport News, freelance with the New York Times,
NASCAR Scene, Cornelius Business News, etc….when a stranger sat down in
the last empty seat. It was Marcus Smith. Having the pleasure of meeting
him in such a casual setting was a thrill. And one I don’t think will
happen very often. So I would like to let you know what I’ve learned.
Marcus is extremely intelligent, somewhat reserved and he loves his job
at the Speedway . He doesn’t even call it a job. It’s fun to come to the
track….just like it is for us. His first job at the Speedway was to
chase pigeons from the rafters of the grandstand. He worked his way up
to mowing the grass and using the weed wacker. He says he became so good
with that weed wacker he could give haircuts. When asked when he
realized he wanted to stay on with the track he said. “When I finally
got an inside job.”
Some highlights of his speech…
Don’t look for Indy cars to return to
2009 ticket prices might be
Lowes will resign their contract with
Expect the same pre race shows as in
The drag strip will be bigger than we
He’s the president of Lowes Speedway,
The other 8 tracks are run separately.
His motto is FANS FIRST
I’m gonna like Marcus.