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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Eldora Speedway general manager Roger Slack joined the NASCAR on NBC podcast to discuss his track’s past, present and possible future with NASCAR.
Slack detailed the run-up to the initial “secret” test with Tony Stewart and Richard Childress Racing’s Austin Dillon that led to scheduling a Camping World Truck Series race that recently completed its fifth edition.
Slack also discussed the storied history of Eldora, which opened in 1954 and was bought by Stewart 50 years later.
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On Wednesday’s edition of NASCAR America, Daniel Suarez recalled the moment he got the call that he was being promoted to replace Carl Edwards in the NASCAR Cup Series at Joe Gibbs Racing.
Suarez was at dinner back home in Mexico with family and friends when JGR officials called and him to be ready for a teleconference in a few moments.
Suarez stepped away, telling his dinner partners he’d be back shortly — which ultimately lasted 40 minutes.
When he returned to the dinner table, he couldn’t tell anything about the phone call — JGR officials swore him to secrecy — but he eventually revealed that he had been promoted to the NASCAR Cup Series to replace Edwards, who had decided to take a hiatus from his racing career.
Check out the video above.
Daniel Suarez appeared on Wednesday’s live broadcast of NASCAR America from the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina,
One of the funniest segments of Suarez’s visit was a video and verbal collage of how much he and his fellow Joe Gibbs Racing teammates really think of each other — all in good humor, of course.
Check out the video above where Suarez, Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch answer the “tough questions” about themselves, as well as how they feel about their fellow teammates.
In winning last year’s Xfinity Series championship, Mexican native Daniel Suarez became NASCAR’s first international champion.
It was the culmination of a journey that began with his father and, interestingly enough, Volkswagen Beetles.
Check out Suarez’s story and the thoughts about his success and prowess by our NASCAR America analysts in the video above.
Speaking of VW Beetles, Suarez’s father sold his restoration shop to fund his son’s racing dream. Years later, Daniel repaid his father by purchasing a new restoration shop for him. See the video below.