2006 racers at a glance: Jason Martin

2006 World of Outlaws Sprint Series Racers At A Glance: Jason Martin Norman, OK -- Nov. 24, 2005 -- While competing in more than five series, Jason Martin began to make his mark on sprint car racing in 2005. By the end of the 2006 World of...

2006 World of Outlaws Sprint Series Racers At A Glance: Jason Martin

Norman, OK -- Nov. 24, 2005 -- While competing in more than five series, Jason Martin began to make his mark on sprint car racing in 2005. By the end of the 2006 World of Outlaws Sprint Series season, Martin believes he will have proved he belongs in the greatest collection of sprint car racers in the world.

A force in the 360 division, Martin moved up to the 410 ranks in 2003. He earned victories last season with the American Sprint Car Series, the National Championship Racing Association, where he was the 2000 rookie of the year, and the Winged Outlaw Warriors. In addition, Martin raced three times against the World of Outlaws Sprint Series in '05, posting an A-main finish all three times.

With a schedule nearing 70 races annually, Martin competed throughout the West and Midwest as he prepared to compete for the 2006 World of Outlaws Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award.

Although he's only 23, Martin started racing sprints and midgets more than 11 years ago. He has appeared in nearly 400 A-mains and posted 57 feature wins. Despite competing with so many different circuits each season, Martin has still managed top-five points finishes in several series in the 410 and 360 ranks.

For 2006, he will turn his attention to competing full-time against the World of Outlaws Sprint Series, something he has been preparing for since he first climbed into a racecar.

"This right here is what I've been working for since I started racing," said Martin, a native of Liberal, Kan., who raced against the World of Outlaws last season at Outlaw Motor Speedway and Dodge City Raceway Park. "It's the opportunity of a lifetime."

Martin knows the rigors of the most grueling schedule in auto racing will be difficult to contend with, but he believes his own demanding schedule the past few years has prepared him and his team.

"The biggest thing is I'm just looking forward to getting out there and racing," he said. "Once we get out there and get to racing, that's all we know how to do. That's all we do. It's going to be all fun."

Martin believes his knowledge and experience at a wide variety of tracks will be a major benefit to him, and serves as a confidence booster going into next season.

"What makes me think that we're going to be able to do it is that I've never run one particular series," Martin said. "I pretty much have been doing the old style outlaw deal. That's why everybody has kind of titled me as one of the last outlaws. I've got a lot of experience at racing on a lot of different tracks, a lot more than a regular guy who runs one series. I think that's going to be one of the beneficial things for me. I think that's why we'll be good."

While the experience gained by competing annually with so many different series certainly will be a significant advantage, it doesn't lead to much name recognition in the national scope. By focusing on the World of Outlaws Sprint Series in 2006, Martin is already reaping some of the rewards in that department.

"The biggest thing probably is that press release when it was announced we were going to race with the Outlaws," Martin said. "When you announced that we were going to be in it, it's like the world changed. When I call somebody, they know who I am now. That's the biggest thing. Just the exposure is going to be the big thing for me. Winning the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award would be awesome, but that would be icing on the cake. Just to be able to go race with the Outlaws is awesome."

For more information on Jason Martin, go to www.jasonmartinmotorsports.com.

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