Arthur J. Smullen, better known as “Smiley” to his friends, passed away at his home in Lake Worth,  Florida on January 6, 2021, at the age of 85.

Smullen was a long-time drag racer and was one of the original group who worked to create New England Dragway in 1966. He was heavily involved in the track, including acting as General Manager for much of the 1980s, beginning in 1982. 

Smullen lived in Peabody, Mass. for most of his life. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard and spent his working career in the U.S. Postal Service. 

In 1993 Smullen was convicted of three counts of making false statements to a federal agency as a result of filing fraudulent statements with the Department of Labor in 1988, 1989, and 1990. Smullen was sentenced to 27 months in prison, 36 months of supervised release, and restitution in the amount of $121,377.78. Smullen appealed the amount of restitution in 1996 following his release from incarceration. That appeal was denied by the court, and that decision can be read online here.

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