Louise Smith

Monday 31st July 1916

Born on this day, Louise Smith, NASCAR’s first female act. Known as racing’s “Good ol’ Gal” she competed in stock car racing during its decidedly “good ol’ boy” years. A native of Greenville, South Carolina, Smith raced various Modified, Sportsman, and Grand National series events between 1946 and 1956. Her fearless attitude made her a novelty at a time when most women were homemakers. “I enjoyed every minute,” said Smith, reflecting on her career. “I traveled all over North America, racing everywhere I could, and I had fun with it. Didn’t make a whole lot of money, but if I could do it again today, I’d do it and I think I’d make it.”

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