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Smith, Wheeler at odds again

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11:18 AM ET 05.06 | Speedway Motorsports Inc. chairman Bruton Smith and ex-employee associate H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler are at war again. When Charlotte Motor Speedway sent out a press release on Tuesday promoting the 20th anniversary of the first race under the lights at a superspeedway and called it Smith's idea, his former president and general manager of CMS responded strongly. Wheeler said the idea to install lights at CMS for the 1992 All-Star race was his idea and his alone. "I usually let Bruton spiel on, but this one got me," Wheeler said. "He would take credit for the sun and moon if he could!" In fairness to Smith, he didn't write the press release or suggest that he be given credit in it. But when asked who came up with the idea for lights at CMS and what he thought of Wheeler's comments, he didn't smooth the waters. "I'm not going to comment on anything about him at all," Smith said. "I don't pay attention to what he [Wheeler] thinks. He's a former employee. I can't possibly think about anything about him, period." Wheeler and Smith have been at odds since Wheeler claimed Smith pushed him out of his job earlier than he wanted in 2008 after a 33-year relationship.

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May 6, 2012  11:46 AM ET

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May 6, 2012  11:46 AM ET

Two old rich boys going at it.. but I'm siding with Burton Smith on this.. HEY.. he brought Nascar to Kentucky!!.. so I'll let him slide on this one.. even if he is wrong

May 6, 2012  11:48 AM ET

One thing he did do wrong with the Kentucky Speedway.. was he closed Louisville Motor Speedway.. which was a 3/4 mile track that featured the Nascar truck race every year and ALOT of hometown races on the weekend..

Now theres no hometown race track to go to and I really do miss that.. cause that was an every weekend thing for me for awhile and I hardly missed a race.. so thanks Burton Smith for screwing small town race fans on that one!!

May 6, 2012  11:49 AM ET

This thread looks familiar for some reason

May 6, 2012  11:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

This thread looks familiar for some reason

2

A little different.. I put this pic up instead..

May 6, 2012  11:51 AM ET

That pic looks better than Burton's mug shot anyway

May 6, 2012  11:52 AM ET

Wonder if its still raining in DEGA??

May 6, 2012  11:53 AM ET

Wow.. its almost lunch time!!

May 6, 2012  11:53 AM ET

How time flies when you're not on T&R

May 6, 2012  11:54 AM ET

Have a good race day.. unless you're a SPAMMER.. or just have something else planned

May 6, 2012  11:55 AM ET

See Y'all next week.. thats when they'll put up a new thread

May 6, 2012  12:02 PM ET

Have this year's T&R threads ever had an article about whats going on at the track they are actually racing at that weekend??

May 6, 2012  12:03 PM ET

I don't think so

May 6, 2012  12:03 PM ET

I could be wrong

May 6, 2012  12:03 PM ET

But I don' think I am

May 6, 2012  12:04 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

But I don' think I am

should say..

But I don't think I am

May 6, 2012  12:04 PM ET

OOOOPPPPSSSS

May 6, 2012  12:04 PM ET

Hope its a good race

May 6, 2012  12:05 PM ET

and the rain clears out

 
May 6, 2012  12:05 PM ET

Alot of good seats available

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