Brian Brown Filling In for Injured World of Outlaws Mean 15 Racer Jason Martin Norman, OK -- Feb. 4, 2006 -- Nobody is looking forward to the 2006 World of Outlaws Sprint Series season more than Jason Martin. New sponsors, a new paint scheme and...
Brian Brown Filling In for Injured World of Outlaws Mean 15 Racer Jason Martin
Norman, OK -- Feb. 4, 2006 -- Nobody is looking forward to the 2006 World of Outlaws Sprint Series season more than Jason Martin. New sponsors, a new paint scheme and a schedule of coast-to-coast events to compete for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award are all a part of his team's plan.
But after a hard crash Thursday night at East Bay Raceway Park near Tampa, Fla., Martin's plans as the driver of the No. 36 NOS Energy Drink/Mafia Motorsports Maxim will be slightly altered. Martin, 23, is expected to be out of action for a minimum of six weeks after suffering a neck injury during the feature when his car and another car touched, sending Martin into a scary flip.
"I don't know what happened," said Martin, a native of Liberal, Kan., who already has 57 feature wins in his career. "I don't even remember going out for the A-main. From what my guys tell me, I drove it in on the top real hard and the guy on the inside missed his line and slid up in front of me and I jumped the right rear. That was the end of the story."
Says Martin's father Dan Martin, "It's just one of those unfortunate things that happens. There's nothing you can do about it. There's nothing that could have been done any different. I said, 'Well, what do you want to do now?' He said, 'We've got to find somebody to put in the car until I can get back in it.' I said, 'OK, that's what I wanted to hear.'"
Brian Brown, a respected Midwest driver who competes at Knoxville Raceway and who has raced with and against the World of Outlaws for several seasons, will climb into Martin's machine during the 35th Annual Winternationals beginning this week at Volusia Speedway Park near Daytona Beach, Fla.
"Hopefully, if Brian's happy and I'm happy we can go from there until Knoxville opens up," Martin said. "Maybe I can be healed by then, but I'm not going to get back in it until I'm sure that I'm healed. I'm still going to stay on the road and make sure everything goes in the right direction, though."
Martin also will continue making appearances on behalf of NOS Energy Drink and Mafia Motorsports, including autograph sessions from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday at the Wal-Mart in Palm Coast, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Wal-Mart in Deland and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday at the Wal-Mart in Ormond Beach.
"We're in this for the long haul," said Mike Fine, NOS Energy Drink brand manager. "We're not going to pull our support because Jason got hurt. We believe in the team and Jason and we want to be there as he grows as a driver. Hopefully my brand will grow as Jason grows."
The 2006 World of Outlaws Sprint Series season begins Thursday at Volusia Speedway Park with a 4:30 p.m. autograph session.