Proud to be one of the oldest active teams in the NHRA
Family Owned. Family Operated.
Patriarch / Founder
Earl Smith started racing in 1957 at Daytona Beach, Florida driving his brand new 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air. Earl went on to set numerous NHRA national records, win multiple IHRA national events, and countless Junior Stock, Stock, and Super Stock races. Earl earned the nickname "Cigar Earl" for always chewing on a cigar at the races.
Gene "Pop" Carlsward
Crew Chief (1981-2010)
Eugene "Pop" Carlsward was Curtis Smith Racing's crew chief from 1981 until 2010 when he passed away. With his trademark black rattlesnake Cowboy Hat, and Kenny Roger beard, Gene set Curtis and Earl in the waterbox, cooled the cars, and helped with all racetrack duties.
Curtis Smith is the IHRA's All Time Winningest Stock Eliminator driver and the 1996 Stock World Champion. Curtis was also the first IHRA Sportsman driver to win 3 national events in a row. Curtis has been inducted into the East Coast Drag Racing Hall of Fame, the North Carolina Drag Racing Hall of Fame, and the Sampson County Sports Hall of Fame.
Digital Media / Blog
Catherine Smith, daughter of Curtis Smith, is our Media and Blog specialist, handling all our racetrack photography and videos, along with our website blog. Catherine is a graduate of Methodist University.
Curt Smith Jr.
Curt Smith Jr. started racing in 2010. A graduate from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Curt Jr. currently campaigns a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro in NHRA Stock Eliminator. Curt Jr. is the third generation of the Smith family to race in the NHRA, and is a multi time top 10 season points finisher in the CCRA.