150 mph Pumpkin Flies and Wins Tampa Bay, FL - October 31, 2003 - 17 year-old sprint car prodigy, Danny "Hammer" Martin, Jr. lapped many combatants who came to his home track, the pumpkin patch at East Bay Raceway Park. Martin chose to spend ...
150 mph Pumpkin Flies and Wins
Tampa Bay, FL - October 31, 2003 - 17 year-old sprint car prodigy, Danny "Hammer" Martin, Jr. lapped many combatants who came to his home track, the pumpkin patch at East Bay Raceway Park. Martin chose to spend Halloween in his Sprint Car Driver's uniform, piloting his special edition, 1500 pound, 150 mile per hour pumpkin / 360 Sprint Car.
Martin chased all challengers from his home field. After several weeks on the road, The Hammer invited 29 cars to bring it to his house to do battle on the Varnadore's perfectly prepared 1/3rd mile oval. The #00 Martin Structures / Milk Movers, Inc. / http://www.eStateTrafficSchool.com Sprint car was outfitted and ready for the hunt by Papa Danny "Sledge Hammer" Martin, Sr.. Martin, Jr. then blasted and smashed a few pumpkins as he fired through back markers, like a "bullet with butterfly wings."
A seal in Martin's power steering unit blew out on lap 4, dumping scalding hot fluid in his lap. A failure of the power steering system in 2002 resulted in steering lock up and a trip into the hard concrete wall at East Bay's turn one. That car was totalled. This time he drove the remaining 21 laps without power assist, uncertain whether his future included yet another tough meeting with the cold stone surrounding him.
The stars of the United Sprint Car Series (USCS) including future Sprint Car Hall of Famer, Kenny Adams, 2002 USCS Champion Terry Gray, and Martin's Flying Pumpkin dominated the A Main feature at East Bay Raceway Park http://www.eastbayracewaypark.com . Also making an appearance was Indy Racing League (IRL) shoe Jimmy Kite. Terry Gray and Kenny Adams are not likely to forget being chased like magpies from the big pumpkin's patch.
Details are available at http://www.eastbayracewaypark.com . Call Toll Free - Casey Ebsary at 877-793-9290 for more information.
Results from East Bay Raceway Park
Winner: #00 Danny "Hammer" Martin, Jr.
Second: #20 Greg Wilson
Third: #4 Kenny Adams