FYI WIRZ: Charlotte Motor Speedway to host human cannonball Guinness record try
Charlotte Motor Speedway takes pride in doing everything in a large way. For their May race CMS introduced the world’s largest Panasonic HDTV for fans and this October CMS will treat fans to a new expanded fan zone.
But just to add to doing things large, this time a Smith at CMS is going to attempt a human cannonball height record of 90 feet. To put that into perspective the average eight-story building is about 90 feet tall.
As most know cannonball feats are not done with parachutes.
So the folks at CMS are not just going large this time, they’re going tall too.
Courtesy of Charlotte Motor Speedway:
For decades the Smith name has been associated with spectacular, one-of-a-kind pre-race shows at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but the stunt scheduled for the Oct. 15 Bank of America 500 will send Smith soaring skyward to new heights.
In a first-of-its-kind attempt, Smith will try to set a Guinness World Record for the highest recorded human cannonball shot. Will it be Bruton Smith? Will it be Marcus Smith? Well, no.
It will be world-renowned human cannonball David “The Bullet” Smith who will attempt to soar 90 feet in the air before the green flag flies on the only Saturday night race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
He began his cannonball career at the age of 19, mostly out of necessity when his father, David Sr., a lifelong human cannonball, sustained an injury.
He set his first Guinness World Record for distance fired from a cannon in 1998 at 181 feet, 4 inches. In March this year Smith smashed the original attempt and remains the current record holder, with a launch of 193 feet. During the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway he’s setting his sights on a height record, which is currently not on the books with Guinness.
“A shot this big will require almost perfect accuracy, yet that accuracy will be harder to come by than ever,” Smith said. “I intend to fire out of the cannon at Charlotte Motor Speedway with an incredible amount of force both during launch and at the impact in the landing net. One hard truth about a cannon shot like this one is that there is very little grey area between success and failure.”
Smith earned the nickname “The Bullet” from his friends. He guesses that he has been shot out of a cannon more than 5,000 times.
“It’s in my blood. I love this,” Smith said. “The challenge, the adrenaline, the adventure, the roar of the crowd.
For more details go to www.charlottemotorspeedway.com
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