Freddy Smith Obituary: Race Car Driver Passes Away Due To Leukemia

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Freddy Smith Obituary! The dirt model legend Freddy Smith is survived by family members: his wife, Naomi; his son, Jeff Smith; and four grandchildren.

He passed away at the age of 76, as revealed by his son, Jeff.

Race Car Driver Freddy Smith
Race Car Driver Freddy Smith (Source: Facebook)

Freddy Smith, a true legend in Dirt Late Model racing, left an unforgettable mark on the sport.

His illustrious career, filled with championship wins, spanned from the early days to his second-to-last victory, marking a remarkable total of 785 career triumphs on the latest-generation tour.

Hailing from Kings Mountain, North Carolina, the record-setting five-time Dirt Track World Championship winner was known as the Southern Gentleman.

The racing driver embarked on his journey in 1966, steering a ’56 Chevy that he and his late father, Clarence, had built.

Smith won the five Dirt Track World Championships in 1983, ’85, ’91, ’93, and ’98.

The first four at Pennsboro Speedway were in West Virginia and solidified his status among the sport’s most accomplished figures.

His final significant triumph was on July 11, 2008, at North Alabama Speedway while competing in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.

Freddy Smith Obituary And Death Cause

The legendary dirt late model driver, Freddy Smith, passed away at the age of 76.

Born in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, on December 22, 1946, he died after a brief battle with leukemia.

Freddy’s son, Jeff Smith, revealed this sad news who affectionately referred to his father as “my real-life hero.”

Jeff disclosed that his father had been diagnosed with AML (leukemia) and had undergone a round of chemotherapy within the past 2-1/2 weeks. Moreover, he was also battling pneumonia.

In the latest post, he revealed that his father passed away. He conveyed a sense of peace in their hearts, highlighting that his father had “given his life to the Lord” on October 3.

Furthermore, Jeff expressed gratitude for the countless prayers that had been sent up. 

Moreover, he kindly requested continued prayers for the peace and comfort of his mother and the entire family during this period.

The racing world pays tribute to Freddy Smith, recognizing him as a pioneer and a victorious competitor in the realm of the racing world.

Son: Jeff Smith

Jeff Smith attended Kings Mountain High and studied business computer programming at Gaston College.

Additionally, he is the owner and president at J & J Race Cars. Likewise, Jeff is also the company owner of JS Racing.

J & J Race Cars provides parts, accessories, sheet metal, fabrication, bodies, chassis setup, repairs, and consulting.

Jeff Smith With His Wife Heather
Jeff Smith With His Wife Heather (Source: Facebook)

Talking about his personal life, Jeff tied the knot with Heather Smith.

Jeff’s son, Zackery Smith, enrolled at North Gaston High and studied at Gaston College.

He has worked as a fabricator and crew chief at J & J Race Cars and is currently the metal fabricator at John Page Racing.

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