Mark Martin might be a new member of the NASCAR Hall of Famer, but he’s got at least one more race in him.
Martin, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame last month, will compete in the July 15 IWK 250 at Riverside International Speedway in James River, Nova Scotia, Canada.
The Super Late Model event at the 1/3-mile, high-banked track will be the first race the 58-year-old driver has competed in since his final NASCAR start in the 2013 Cup finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The race has been held annually since 1977.
“I’ve heard nothing but good things from my NASCAR buddies about the race, the competition and the fans,” Martin said in a track press release. “It’s always fun to get back to your roots. My career began at local short tracks, and I got the opportunity to go to so many great speedways. I can’t wait to check this one out along with the competition and the fans.”
Martin will drive for Nova Racing with team owner Donald Chisholm and George Koszkulics serving as his teammates.
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“It’s going to be a real thrill to compete against Mark Martin,” Chisholm said in the press release. Chisholm is the defending winner of the IWK 250. “He has had such an amazing career and the fact that he has just gone into the NASCAR Hall of Fame makes his visit even more special. It will be cool to see him driving a car from our shop. You don’t get a chance to prepare a car for a racing legend very often.”
Said Martin: “I’m really looking forward to the trip. I have done a ton of racing in similar cars that run there. I always loved racing those cars.”
Regan Smith (2008) is the only NASCAR drive to ever win the IWK 250, but Brad Keselowski, Ricky Craven, Joey Logano, Matt Crafton and Marcos Ambrose are among those who have competed in the race.
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Kyle Busch won the pole for Saturday’s Camping World Truck Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, his second Truck Series pole at the track.
Driving his No 4. Toyota, Busch put down a top speed of 179.743 mph.
Matt Crafton qualified second with a speed of 179.220 mph.
“My lap was pretty good, certainly felt more stuck (to the track) the first time around than the second time around,” Busch told Fox Sports 1. “We even picked up a little bit of time on that second one. … We were really, really tight here last year and made some good changes to it through the offseason with notes and things and coming back here better prepared.”
The top five is completed by Noah Gragson (179.214), Spencer Davis (178.862) and Justin Haley (178.775).
Gragson and Davis give Kyle Busch Motorsports three of the first four starting spots.
Johnny Sauter, who won last week at Daytona, will start ninth.
Busch’s pole is his second of the weekend. He also won the pole for Sunday’s Cup Series race.
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HAMPTON, Georgia — Rookie Christopher Bell qualified first for Saturday’s Rinnai 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway with a 181.176-mph lap in his No. 20 Toyota.
it’s the second pole in 10 starts for the Joe Gibbs Racing driver.
Joey Logano was second in his No. 22 Ford, followed by John Hunter Nemechek, Cole Custer and Kevin Harvick.
Click here for the Xfinity Series qualifying results and click here for the Xfinity lineup by row.
The Xfinity race will start at 2:16 p.m. ET, starting a doubleheader with the truck series at Atlanta.
HAMPTON, Georgia – The threat of inclement weather has moved up the start of Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway by an hour.
NASCAR announced Saturday morning that the green flag will fall on the second race of the 2018 season at 1:06 p.m. ET.
Races become official after the second stage. The second stage of Sunday’s 500-mile race will end on Lap 170 of 325.
The wunderground.com site calls for an 80 percent chance of rain Sunday with the forecast worsening from 10 a.m.
HAMPTON, Georgia — Martin Truex Jr. and Jimmie Johnson both will be held during the final Cup Series practice Saturday at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Because his No. 78 Toyota failed to clear prequalifying inspection three times Friday, Truex will miss the final 30 minutes of the 80-minute session that will begin at noon ET. Johnson’s No. 48 Chevrolet will be out for the last 15 minutes because it failed the new Optical Scanning Station twice.
Harrison Rhodes also will miss 15 minutes for failing inspection twice. Jeffrey Earnhardt, Gray Gaulding Jr., Michael McDowell and Cole Whitt each will miss 15 minutes because they were late to qualifying inspection.
NASCAR changed its policy on how practice holds will be conducted this season. Instead of serving the penalty in the pits at the start of the session, drivers will park their cars for the length of the penalty up until the end of the session.