Mark Martin partners with dirt-track legend in late model team
Mark Martin, who drove his final NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November 2013, has joined forces with late model dirt-racing legend Scott Bloomquist to field two entries in the Lucas Oil Late Model Championship in 2015.
Bloomquist and up-and-coming driver Jared Landers will drive the two team cars, respectively, with both carrying sponsorship from Batesville, Ark.-based Mark Martin Automotive Group.
"We are very excited about the opportunity to team Jared up with Scott Bloomquist this season," said Martin, who cut his racing teeth on dirt tracks in the years leading up to going full-time racing in NASCAR's top series in 1988.
"Scott is the master of racing dirt models, and anytime you can team with someone of that caliber, you can rest assured it will have a great impact on your program."
Martin, 56, won 40 races in 882 starts in NASCAR's premier division where he finished runner-up in points a record five times.
Bloomquist boasts some 550 feature wins, having triumphed in 36 percent of his 1,411 short-track starts.