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Terry Labonte

Smith delights crowd during off-the-cuff induction speech

Bruton Smith, the colorful chairman of Speedway Motorsports Inc., delighted the audience with an off-the-cuff speech Saturday while accepting his place in NASCAR's Hall of Fame, touching on everything from his building of Charlotte Motor Speedway to his unwavering support of Coca-Cola.

Smith, who owns eight tracks that host 12 Sprint Cup Series events, had steadfastly maintained he didn't care about making NASCAR's Hall of Fame as he repeatedly failed to make the ballot of nominees. Once he was finally elected, the octogenarian who recently completed treatment for cancer entertained the audience at the Charlotte Convention Center for almost 16 minutes.

Smith discussed the...