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Defending His Turf: Jason Martin Returns to Dodge City Dodge City, KS--June 28, 2006--Outlaws use to mosey into Dodge City and the Old West on horseback every day, with their guns drawn and saddles blazing ready to do battle. Now-a-days-a ...

Defending His Turf: Jason Martin Returns to Dodge City

Dodge City, KS--June 28, 2006--Outlaws use to mosey into Dodge City and the Old West on horseback every day, with their guns drawn and saddles blazing ready to do battle. Now-a-days-a different breed of Outlaws thunder into town once a year.

The Mean 15 will roll into the Old West with a different kind of horse power and weaponry on Saturday night, for a battle of their own in the Boot Hill Showdown. Armed with their 850-horespower winged sprint cars, the World of Outlaws will invade Dodge City Raceway Park, and duke it out with $10,000 going to the winner.

This will mark the third straight season that the series will race at the ultra-wide 3/8-mile track that use to be asphalt. In 2004, the pavement was taken up and it was converted to a dirt track that produces some of the best and most exciting racing in the Midwest. Not only does the track provide great racing, but facility is also state-of-the art, as well as one of the most well maintained tracks anywhere in the country.

One driver that has been looking forward to the event, since last winter, is Jason Martin, a native of nearby Liberal, Kan. He knows he will have plenty of fans in the stands cheering him on.

Martin may be a contender for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award Presented by Maxim Racing and ButlerBuilt, with the World of Outlaws, but he is certainly no rookie at Dodge City Raceway Park. The driver of the NOS Energy Drink/Mafia Motorsports Maxim is very confident as he returns to his home state for back-to-back races.

Martin won at the track last season in a 360-sprint car, and has turned more laps at the wide oval than most of the drivers that will be in attendance on Saturday night. He also has a World of Outlaws A-Feature finish under his belt at Dodge City, as he picked up a Top-15 last October.

"We're really looking forward to going back to Dodge City," said Martin. "We've done pretty well there in the past, and I think we have a good chance to do well this year again."

Not only is he looking forward to racing at the track he knows like the back of his hand, but also being able to work out of his own shop for a couple of days, and more importantly be home with his family. With all the travel Martin and his team have has done so far this year, he is thankful to have a couple of days to be able to be around the people he does not get to see much while on the road.

"It's nice to be close to home," Martin said. "We have a lot of family and friends around the area. It will be great."

Martin and his team are gaining momentum daily, as they start to visit tracks for the second time this season, competing against the best sprint car drivers in the world. At Dodge City, he looks to use his knowledge and experience when he rolls out for his two qualifying laps on Saturday night, and carry that over to his heat race.

"Hopefully the weather will not change the track too much," said Martin. "It should be how it normally is and that suits us pretty good."

Kansas often is thought of a hotbed for late model and modified racing, but there are many fans that enjoy watching the skill and bravery of sprint car drivers wheeling their winged machines around a track like Dodge City, that has plenty of racing room and multiple grooves.

"There are a lot of hardcore sprint car fans in Kansas," Martin said. "The facility at Dodge City is top notch and second to none. For the fans it will be a great race. The fan support out there is pretty good. We sell quite a few t-shirts out there. It's a good deal all around. We are able to get back home, and regroup a little bit."

Martin is making up for lost time, as he sat out the first 2-plus months of the season with a neck injury sustained the night before the World of Outlaws season began. Despite missing those events, his team is currently 12th in owner points.

"We have taken some of the stuff we had been trying off the car, and have gone back to more of a normal set up," said Martin. "It's showing that we are getting there. The last few weekends have been good. We're very happy about our progress."

Once the checkered flag flies at Dodge City, Martin and his team will quickly pack their shiny hauler and hit the road north to complete the Independence Day Weekend trio of events at Huset's Speedway in Brandon, South Dakota on Monday.

For ticket information about the Boot Hill Showdown, visit www.dodgecityraceway.com or call the tickets office Outlaw hotline at: 620-225-3277. On Saturday, adult reserved tickets will be $32 with children reserved $14. Adult general admission tickets will be $28, with children 14. Pit pass combos will also be available for $35.

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