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Former Earnhardt Crew Chief, David Smith Dies

By Toby Christie, NASCAR Editor

One of the key cogs in Richard Childress Racing’s flying aces pit crew of the 1980s, David Smith has passed away. The race team announced the somber news Thursday via Twitter.

Smith was a longtime jackman of the pit crew, but he also served as the crew chief for the legendary Dale Earnhardt during the 1996 season.

In that year, Earnhardt racked up two wins and finished fourth in the championship hunt.

Smith retired from being a jackman at the end of the 2005 season, and since 2007 he had been battling cancer, according to this 2015 article from The Dispatch.

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Toby Christie is a contributing writer for Motorsports Tribune. He has been watching stock cars turn left since 1993, and has covered NASCAR as an accredited media member since 2007. Toby is a proud member of the National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA). Additionally, Toby is a lifelong Miami Dolphins fan, sub-par guitarist and he is pretty good around a mini-golf course.

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