ARCA racer, PA state trooper CW Smith passes

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- ARCA Racing Series driver and retired Pennsylvania State Trooper C.W. "Skip" Smith, 70, passed away peacefully Nov. 4 at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa. after a yearlong battle with leukemia.

Smith, also a veteran of NASCAR's Xfinity Series, raced in ARCA from 1994 - 2004, making 24 career ARCA starts. He finished an ARCA career-best 6th at Pocono Raceway in 1997. Other top-10 runs for Smith include 7th and 9th at Talladega Superspeedway and a trio of 10th-place finishes at Pocono. His best ARCA qualifying run was 5th at Pocono. He also made 7 Xfinity starts 1999 - 2005.

Smith began his racing career at Selinsgrove Speedway in 1985 and won a track championship there in 1987. Following his career as a driver, Smith stayed active in racing as a car owner and crew chief for his son from 2005 - 2016, winning a track championship at Selinsgrove in 2009.

Smith was a 1965 graduate of Montoursville High School, a graduate of Williamsport Area Community College and the Pennsylvania State Police Academy. Smith served as a Pennsylvania State Trooper from 1971 - 2005, retiring as a criminal investigator.

Born Oct. 28, 1947 in Williamsport, he was the son of Clarence and Patricia (Webster) Smith.

He is survived by his loving wife Deborah L. (Beach) Smith, whom he married May 24, 1974. He is also survived by two sons Christopher W. Smith and Jason M. Smith (Natalie); four grandchildren Sophia, Logan, Stella and Conner Smith; two brothers Michael Smith (Jan) and Craig Smith (Sue); two sisters Bonnie Barrett and Terry Youmans (Russ); and a brother-in-law Ronald Beach (Sondra).

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in C.W.'s name may be made to Balls Mills United Methodist Church.

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