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Henry (Smokey)

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Passed away in 2001 at the age of 78.
Smokey Yunick died from a year long fight against Leukemia.
United States Air Force
Air Force Veteran

Builder Engines
Car Owner
Crew Chief
Driver / Professional

NASCAR - Cup Car Series
USAC - IndyCar

Car owner, mechanic, crew chief for stock cars in 1950s and 1960s Won Indy in 1960 In Smokeys 10 years as a Crew Chief, he entered 98 races winning 22 of them, a 22.4% win rate.

Significant Races

Daytona 500
Stock Car
1962 - Car Owner - Finished first

Daytona 500
Stock Car
1961 - Car Owner - Finished first

Championships Won

Premier Series Championship
1953 - Driver

Premier Series Championship
1953 - Crew Chief

Premier Series Championship
1951 - Driver

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
1951 - Crew Chief

Hall of Fame Inductions

Henry (Smokey) Yunick is a 11 time Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee.

National Motorsports Press Association
Darlington, SC
1984 - Inductee

International Motorsports Hall of Fame
Talladega, AL
1990 - Inductee

Motorsports Hall of Fame of America
Daytona Beach, FL
2000 - Inductee

MPMC Hall of Fame
2016 - Inductee
This award was accepted by Smokeys daughter Trish Yunick at the 2016 PRI show.

Chevrolet Hall of Fame Museum
Decatur, IL


The Best Damn Garage in Town
1947 to 2001 - Founder / Co-Founder


Herb Thomas
Former Driver - 1951 to 1956
Together, Smokey and Herb won two Premier Series Championships. Competed in 83 races winning 19.

Glen (Fireball) Roberts Jr.
Former Driver - 1960 to 1962
Seven race starts, and two wins.

Marvin Panch
Former Driver - 1961 to 1961
Together, Marvin Panch and Smokey Yunick won the 1961 Daytona 500.

Buck Baker
Former Driver - 1963 to 1963
They only raced together at Darlington and finished 10th.

Curtis Turner
Former Driver - 1967 to 1967
Two races and 0 wins.

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