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Speedway Motorsports, Inc. becomes privately owned

AUTO: SEP 15 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series - South Point 400

LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 15: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Martin Truex Jr (19) Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) Toyota Camry races down the front straightaway during the closing laps of the South Point 400 playoff race Sunday Sept. 15, 2019 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Will Lester/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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Speedway Motorsports, Inc. and the Sonic Financial Corp. announced Tuesday that Sonic Financial has completed its acquisition of all outstanding shares of SMI, meaning SMI will become a privately owned company with no presence on the New York Stock Exchange.

By going private, the company is no longer beholden to investors and no longer has to publicly report its finances, including how much money it brings in from admissions and the TV contract and the seating capacity of each of its tracks.

Bruton Smith and his family own and control Sonic Financial Corp. Smith is the founder and majority stakeholder in Speedway Motorsports Inc. SMI operates eight tracks that host Cup races, including Charlotte Motor Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway.

The deal closed with each outstanding share being valued at $19.75 per share in cash. There were 11,434,595 outstanding shares, putting the deal at more than $225 million.

The deal comes as International Speedway Corp. in the process of reaching an agreement to have its outstanding shares sold to NASCAR. The France family owns both ISC and NASCAR. The NASCAR-ISC deal is expected to close this year.

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