Mark Martin "The Road Home" news 2005-01-07

Martin Announces "The Road Home" Commemorative Brick Program CONCORD, N.C. (Jan. 7, 2005) - Mark Martin grew up in Batesville, Ark., where he dreamed of one day leaving the small town for a life of stardom on the NASCAR circuit. It was there...

Martin Announces "The Road Home" Commemorative Brick Program

CONCORD, N.C. (Jan. 7, 2005) - Mark Martin grew up in Batesville, Ark., where he dreamed of one day leaving the small town for a life of stardom on the NASCAR circuit. It was there on the long winding dirt roads of Batesville that Martin first learned to drive - a skill that would one day allow Martin to travel all over the country and even the world.

Today, Martin has plans for a museum that will be housed in Batesville at the sight of his brand new Ford dealership, where he plans to house each of his NASCAR trophies, select race cars and several other items he collected along his journey since leaving Arkansas in the late 70's.

"Growing up all I could think about was getting out of Arkansas," said Martin. "Twenty years later after having gone a lot of places and seen a lot of things, I realize that a part of me will always see Batesville as home. When I decided to open a Ford dealership, I said I wouldn't even think about doing it anywhere but Batesville.

"Now we plan on putting in a museum that will have all my trophies and some race cars and other stuff. Batesville gave me a lot when I was growing up, and now I want to take all the things that I was fortunate to win over the years and bring them home for everyone to see. I've been able to experience a lot during my career and I want to bring that back here and share it all with the people of Batesville.

In order to share this return home with his fans, Martin has decided to start "The Road Home" Brick Program, where fans can share in and be a part of Martin's effort to give back to the place he truly considers 'home.'

In addition, Martin announced that those participating in "The Road Home" program will receive a free Team Caliber Limited Owners Series 1/24-scale diecast car that has been specially designed to commemorate the program. The collector car is valued at $99.00 and can only be obtained by purchasing a brick paver.

For more information please visit www.markmartinfordmercury.com.

Roush Racing is a subsidiary of Livonia, Mich., based Roush Industries that operates nine motorsports teams; five in NASCAR Nextel Cup with drivers Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch, Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards; three in the Busch Series with Martin, Kenseth and Edwards, and two in the Craftsman Truck Series with drivers Ricky Craven and Todd Kluever.

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