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Alton, Ill. Alton Dragway, April 1960: The slender young man with the green flag high over his head is Track Starter Dave Smith, who continues to this day as a driving force in major drag racing events! The timed run being started? The most controversial run in drag racing history, the first driver to eclipse 200 MPH, the famous 204 run by Chicago’s Chris Karamesines at Alton Dragway, April 24, 1960!
Las Vegas Motor Speedway, 2008: The record setting 1980 Oldsmobile 88, driven by Don Forester, running motors from Dave Smith Engineering in Exeter, Ca., lifts the front wheels during NHRA National event competition. Powered by a 350 small block Olds, this car took home seventeen class wins spanning the years 1998-2008! It also held records in five NHRA classes.