Englishtown Martino story (ProStock)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: NHRA Communications (818) 914-4761 VICTORY PUTS MARTINO IN PRO STOCK LIMELIGHT ENTERING HOME RACE ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. -- Tom Martino enjoyed all the spoils of his first NHRA Pro Stock victory in March at...

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VICTORY PUTS MARTINO IN PRO STOCK LIMELIGHT ENTERING HOME RACE

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. -- Tom Martino enjoyed all the spoils of his first NHRA Pro Stock victory in March at Houston: the five-figure paycheck, the media interviews, the celebration in the winner's circle. But the full impact of winning in arguably the most competitive category in NHRA Winston Drag Racing hit Martino at a truck stop late one night in the middle of nowhere. Martino, from Farmingdale, N.J., was driving his transporter home with his crew after the race. A man standing next to the fuel pumps noticed Martino as he walked outside from the cashier's counter. "This guy looked over and said: 'Hey, it's him. It is him. Hey, congratulations on the win!' Martino said. "To me, that's neat. The fans just go crazy now." Not bad for a guy in only his second year of Pro Stock racing. Martino will be a contender for another victory in Pro Stock at his home race, the 28th annual, $1,695,050 Mopar Parts Nationals, May 15-18 at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. This is the eighth of 22 events in the $30-million NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series in 1997. The foundation for Martino's victory was laid earlier in March when he didn't qualify for the Mac Tools Gatornationals. Martino's team struggled at the first two races of the year in the MaMa Rosa's Pizza Pontiac Firebird before deciding to change its car setup at the Gatornationals. That change paid off at Houston and beyond. Martino has climbed from 17th after the first race of the season to seventh in the NHRA Winston point standings after six races. "I'd like to win another race," Martino said. "My biggest goal is to go to the track and know that when I pull into the gate, that if I get that one little round and we really have a good weekend, that I'm a winner. When we go to the track we know that, unless we mess up, we should qualify."

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