John Martin III leads Stock Cars Championship Series back to Lowes roval. CONCORD, NORTH CAROLINA - John Martin III, a 33 year-old racer from Cornelius, NC, learned to love road racing in endurance go-karts at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Martin's ...
John Martin III leads Stock Cars Championship Series back to Lowes roval.
CONCORD, NORTH CAROLINA - John Martin III, a 33 year-old racer from Cornelius, NC, learned to love road racing in endurance go-karts at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Martin's experience translated into a win in a Stock Car Championship Series (SCCS) exhibition race on the Lowe's Motor Speedway road course and super speedway tri-oval (roval) in July. He is now among the favorites as the SCCS Late Model Stock Cars return to the Lowe's roval for the DRP Performance Products Run on Sunday, September 8.
"I like Lowe's," Martin admitted. "I love getting out on the oval and letting it all hang out into the super speedway turns three and four. Everybody dreams of racing there.
"I did endurance karting at Lowe's. Those races were six hours on the road course. I really liked the challenge. There was more to do than just running around in circles. In the bigger and heavier Late Model Stock Cars, it's pretty cool with all of that horsepower."
Martin has been racing since he was 16 years old. He started in go-karts on dirt ovals and progressed through mini-stocks and the American Truck Series before landing in full-bodied Late Model Stock Cars. He tried racing on the short track paved ovals, but currently prefers the challenges of road racing.
"There's a lot to do when you go into a turn on a road course - shifting and shuffle steering - on an oval you just make the same left turn," Martin said. "The first time I was ever on a road course was to get my license at Virginia International Raceway. They just set me in the car and said 'go at it'."
And, 'go at it' he did. He qualified for his road racing license and more.
In the SCCS exhibition season, the rookie has been impressive with two wins in four races. He set quick time and sat on the pole for the inaugural SCCS event, held at Carolina Motorsports Park near Kershaw, SC.
"I made a rookie mistake at Kershaw," John shrugged. "I had a pretty good lead and spun out. Then, at Summit Point (WV) I had a third place car and finished fourth."
Then, John started winning. He closed out the inaugural SCCS exhibition season with victories on the rovals at Lowe's Motor Speedway and Atlanta Motor Speedway.
"In the first race at Lowe's, the crew just put a great car under me," John said. "Then, at Atlanta, I raced my own race and let the field come to me."
Riding a two-race win streak, Martin has to be considered a favorite entering the DRP Performance Products Run. There were six official lead changes among five drivers in the 30 Lap SCCS exhibition race at Lowe's Motor Speedway in July. Martin was first under the checkered flag then. Can the rookie do it again?
The DRP Performance Products Run is the first race of the regular season for the Stock Car Championship Series based in Rocky Mount, VA. SCCS is America's Premier Stock Car Road Racing Series.
For more information, see the SCCS web site: www.sccsracing.com or call: 888-607-2774
DRP Performance Products Run at Lowe's Motor Speedway Event Schedule:
Saturday, September 7:
12:45pm First 20 Minute Practice Session
2:30pm Second 20 Minute Practice Session
5:00pm Qualifying Session-European Style 20 Minutes
Sunday, September 8:
(Engines off until Noon)
7:00am Gates Open
9:00am Chapel Service with SCCS Ministries Chaplain Tony Price
12:45pm Cars on Grid
1:00pm Pre-Race Ceremonies
1:05pm Race Begins 30 laps or 50 minutes
2:00pm Post Race Ceremonies
2:10pm Post Race Inspection