Louise Smith
Legends Aug 24, 2015


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It was the early 1940’s and Bill France Sr., the eventual founder of NASCAR, was looking for a woman driver to attract more women spectators to his local track in South Carolina. Louise Smith had become legendary for outrunning the law in her hometown of Barnesville, Ga. And even though she had never set tire to a track, Smith finished third in her first race. “I was just born to be wild,” she once said.

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