Jack Smith Biography
Jack Thomas Smith was born on May 24, 1923 in Metroplis, Illinois. His family moved to Georgia when he was two years old. He considered Georgia his adopted hometown for the remainder of his life.
It was in Sandy Springs, a suburb of Atlanta, that Smith acted on his long time love of race cars by beginning to participate in races instead of merely working on cars. He won 27 events in his first full season at the Peach bowl alone from 1950 - 1954. All five of those years he was voted the track's Most Popular Driver. During these years, Smith not only drove, but worked on the cars as well. He drove and worked for the E & S Ford Racing team of Atlanta. When E & S withdrew from racing following the 1954 season, Smith drove the 1955 season for Bill Turney and E.C. Wilson of Atlanta, winning 27 races on the Southern Sportsman circuit during that season in a Chevrolet.