Less than two months after he was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Mark Martin did something way cool on Thursday.
Martin got into the Throwback Thursday mood by taking to Twitter and posting a press release from early 1986 extolling the racing success the then-27-year-old Martin had enjoyed to date — long before his NASCAR career took off.
What made the tweet even cooler is it was co-written by veteran racing PR man Tom Roberts — who went on to represent NASCAR drivers such as Rusty Wallace and Kurt Busch — and a young racetrack promoter who has gone on to a spectacular career of his own.
You may have heard of the guy and the track he’s run for the last 21 years, since it first opened: Eddie Gossage and Texas Motor Speedway.
Check out a copy of the 31-year-old press release:
CONCORD, N.C. — Kevin Harvick will start on the pole for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600, marking the second consecutive race at Charlotte Motor Speedway he has led the field to the green flag.
Harvick, a two-time Coke 600 winner, earned the top starting spot Thursday night with a lap of 193.424 mph in his Ford. He’ll be joined on the front row by Kyle Busch, who won last weekend’s All-Star Race.
Points leader Kyle Larson will start 39th in the 40-car field after not making a qualifying attempt. He hit the wall in practice and then his team couldn’t get through qualifying inspection until one minute remained in the opening round of the session. The team was unable to get Larson out of the garage in time to make an attempt.
Veteran crew chief Slugger Labbe stopped by the NASCAR America studio in Charlotte on Thursday.
Labbe gave his perspective on how NASCAR Cup crew chiefs will prepare for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600. While the race length will be the same as it has been for decades, one significant change will have crew chiefs developing strategy that they’ve never had to deal with in the 600, namely, four different race stages.
Labbe also gave his take on the positives and negatives of the Laser Inspection Station for both pre- and post-race inspections.
Check out the above video.
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