Smokey’s Bio and Race Record



Highlights

  • Grew up on a farm in Neshaminy, Pennsylvania (NOT in Tennessee - some web sites still have it wrong)
  • Flew B-17s for the Army Air Force in WWII
  • Flew for the Flying Tigers
  • Car owner, mechanic, crew chief for stock cars in 1950s and 1960s
  • Won two Grand National (Winston Cup today) Championships
  • Won Indy in 1960
  • Worked in Ecuador for 30 years in oil drilling and gold mining
  • Wrote for Popular Science and Circle Track magazines

Accreditations

  • Founding Member and Director of Embry-Riddle University
  • Honorary Doctorate in Aeronautical Engineering, Embry-Riddle Engineering
  • Professor Emeritus, Daytona Beach Community College
  • S.C.O.R.E Judge, for three years, one of ten judges picked to examine annual alternate energy expo submissions from American colleges and universities, related to alternate energy
  • Member of Society of Automotive Engineers

Patents & Inventions

  • Variable Ratio Power Steering
  • Hot Vapor Engine
  • Silent Tire
  • Smoketron Engine Testing Device
  • Movable Race Track Crash Barrier
  • Oil filling through oil filter
  • Extended Tip Spark Plug
  • Power brakes from residual power steering pressure
  • Water bypass system for “V” engines
  • Reverse cooling system
  • Centrifuge Type Oil Refinery (Ecuador)

Awards

  • Two Time NASCAR Mechanic of the Year
  • Mechanical Achievements Awards – Indianapolis Motor Speedway & Ontario Motor Speedway
  • Engineering Award – Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  • Inventor of the Year – 1983
  • Presented the Annual Smokey Yunick Lifetime Achievement Award at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Hall of Fame Inductions

  • National Racing Hall of Fame
  • International MotorSports Hall of Fame at Talladega (Inaugural Class)
  • Legends of Auto Racing Hall of Fame
  • Stock Car Racing, Daytona Hall of Fame
  • Darlington Motor Speedway Hall of Fame
  • Legends of Performance – Chevrolet Hall of Fame
  • TRW Mechanic Hall of Fame
  • Living Legends of Auto Racing
  • Stock Car Racing Magazine Hall of Fame
  • Michigan Motorsports Hall of Fame
  • Voted #7 on list of Top 10 athletes of the Century by Winston Salem Journal, Oct. 1999
  • University of Central Florida, President’s Medallion Society
  • Rotary Club of Oceanside – Daytona Beach
  • North Carolina Stock Car Racing Hall of Fame
  • SEMA Hall of Fame

Race Record

  • 1951-1954 – 39 Grand National Wins
  • after 1954
  • won Raleigh - August 20, 1955
  • won Darlington - 1955
  • won Palm Beach - December 11, 1955
  • won Wilson, N.C. - March 18, 1956
  • won Langhorne - September 23, 1956
  • won Greensboro - April 28, 1957
  • won Lancaster S.C. - June 1, 1957
  • won Raleigh - July 4, 1957
  • won Daytona Beach - February, 1958
  • won Atlanta - July 4, 1959
  • won Daytona Beach - February 12, 1960
  • won Atlanta - July 31, 1960
  • won Daytona Beach - February 24, 1961
  • won Daytona Beach - February 26, 1961
  • won Daytona Beach - February 10, 1962
  • won Daytona Beach - February 16, 1962
  • won Daytona Beach - February 18, 1962
  • won Daytona Beach - February 22, 1963
  • 39 + 18 = 57 Stock Car/Grand National races
  • one Indy race win - 1960