Famous Arkansan: Mark Martin

Several well-known people
have roots in Arkansas. The list runs the gamut from Johnny Cash to Jermain
Taylor. Check here every Monday as we highlight a new Famous Arkansan each
week. Today, Meet: Mark Martin

Zoie Clift
Arkansas has several locals
that are at the top of their game but Mark Martin is the only racer that has
gone all the way to NASCAR. In 1974, the 15-year-old Batesville native started
his career and raced on dirt tracks for several years before joining the NASCAR
circuit in 1981. The Mark Martin Museum was built in Batesville in 1996 to
honor the racer. He is considered a legend in the realm of motor sports,
accumulating accolades such as harnessing five International Race of Champions
titles in one year and he was named one of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers in
1998. Martin is currently competing
in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for Hendrick Motorsports. Images care of NASCAR-EUROPE and The Charlotte Observer. 

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