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Freddie Smith Obituary: Dirt Late Model legend Freddy Smith dies following battle with leukemia

Freddie Smith Obituary – Cause of Death: Dirt Late Model legend Freddy Smith dies following battle with leukemia.

Freddy Smith known as the Southern Gentleman died late Saturday night after a brief battle with leukemia. He was 76 years old.

Smith was record-setting five-time Dirt Track World Championship winner.

His son Jeff Smith announced his father’s departure early this morning, referring to him as “my real life hero” like many ardent racing supporters of the silver-haired driver of the No. 00.

The first member of the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame started his career in 1966, dominated the Carolinas for many years, and by the late 1970s, had won nine times in the National Dirt Racing Association while making a few NASCAR starts. He started his DTWC career in the 1980s, wowed while driving for one of the first super teams in the sport for the Louisiana-based Bazooka-sponsored GVS Racing, won the 1996 Hav-A-Tampa Dirt Racing Series championship in a Clayton Christenberry-owned vehicle, and finally continued to win prestigious races into his 50s before retiring in 2012.

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