Mark Martin Gearing Up for Daytona 500

Batesville, Arkansas native Mark Martin will test later this week at Daytona.

I’ve been so busy, I haven’t had time to suffer from engine noise withdrawal during the NASCAR “off season.” I must admit, though, I really got a little light-headed when I saw Mark’s new website. He looks gggggooooood standing beside the 01 Army Chevrolet Monte Carlo. Black suits him and his silver hair.

My, myyyyy. I think I have the vapers! šŸ˜€

This story posted on Backstretch Motorsports helps explain why I’m so smitten with Mark Martin.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.Ā  — Making the first telephone call to his new teammate — Mark Martin — took some self encouragement for Nextel Cup rookie Regan Smith. (pronounced Ree-gan)

“It took me a couple of days to get the nerve to call Mark and introduce myself,” recalled Smith, who will share the No. 01 U.S. Army/Ginn Racing ride with Martin in 2007. “Ever since I started to race, Mark was the guy I always looked up to. He has always been my hero.”

“I was talking for the first time to one of the giants of the sport. But as the conversation went on, Mark made me feel relaxed. It was like talking to another guy on the street.””After the call my hands were shaking and that told me everything went well,” added Smith. “I am not ashamed to say that I was awestruck when I first called him.”

And look at the photo. He’s sharing his new ride with a driver who at least looks to be shorter than Mark. I think the 3 most diminuitive drivers in the Cup garage are — in no particular order — Mark Martin, Scott Riggs, and Regan Smith. Mark, by the way, is listed at 5’6″ and 135. Ain’t no way he’s that tall.

Still, as Regan Smith says, Mark Martin is a giant in the garage. And in my eyes, too. He and I have something in common, you know — we both drank Batesville water first. šŸ˜‰

Yup. Gasoline in my veins…

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