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Sources: Smith 'appropriate choice' to replace Wheeler

Updated: May 21, 2008, 7:29 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

CONCORD, N.C. -- Marcus Smith, the executive vice president of sales and marketing for Speedway Motorsports Inc., is the leading candidate to be voted to replace Lowe's Motor Speedway president and general manager H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler next week.

Several sources close to the situation said the son of SMI owner Bruton Smith is the "appropriate choice," to replace Wheeler.

"It looks like the obvious," Bruton Smith said. "But it's up to the directors to decide that."

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