Memphis: Hal Martin race notes

Hal Martin Heats up Memphis in Truck Series Debut Memphis, TN: Saturday was a barn-burner of a race in the MemphisTravel.com 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Memphis Motorsports Park. And although many of the familiar favorites were...

Hal Martin Heats up Memphis in Truck Series Debut

Memphis, TN: Saturday was a barn-burner of a race in the MemphisTravel.com 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Memphis Motorsports Park. And although many of the familiar favorites were out in force again, there was a new face in the field as 23 year old Hal Martin made his series debut. Martin qualified and finished the race in 26th position for the day.

Martin came to Memphis fresh off his first ever ARCA Re/Max race in Mansfield, Ohio, where he qualified 9th and finished an impressive 11th. The 6th generation Cajun from Galliano, Louisiana then hooked up with Andy Hillenburg's team to run the 200 lap truck race at Memphis.

Martin qualified 26th with a speed of 113.450 in the #48 Sea Support Ventures Chevrolet to easily make the 36 car field. Hal was able to avoid trouble during the race, reaching as high as 22nd place. However, heat was a significant factor for all the drivers, and it began to take its toll on the young driver by the midpoint of the race.

Temperatures at track that day soared over 100 degrees. Without a cooling helmet, temperatures inside the car reached nearly 150 degrees. Martin was reluctantly forced to end the race early, but still finished in 26th position for the night.

Martin's performance qualifies him to run the larger 1 ½ mile tracks this year, and the young driver already has plans to run the ARCA Re/Max races at Chicagoland and Kansas. Hal's next race will be at Rockingham Speedway this Friday and Saturday for the Cheerwine Cherry Bomb 200 ASA Late Model race. Martin is also sponsored by Golden Motors.

-credit: hmPR

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Hal Martin