Mark Smith established TriStar Motorsports in 1989. They found success early with Loy Allen Jr. becoming the first rookie to win the pole for the Daytona 500. In the early years, TriStar tallied 151 starts, three poles and nine Top 10s. Smith stepped away from the team to found Pro Motor Engines, which is now one of the leading independent engine builders in racing. In 2010, Smith returned and re-launched his TriStar Motorsports team.