KERCHNER: Marty Little Loved Racing


CONCORD, N.C. — Marty Little loved auto racing.

He spent most of his life involved in the sport in one way or another.

Marty died Saturday after a long battle with cancer. He was 67 years old. We knew him for a third of his life and never saw him without a smile on his face, but we never met him anywhere other than a race a track — the place where Marty pursued his passion.

While he once worked as a public relations representative for Rahmoc Racing, Marty went on to become a writer, columnist and track announcer, calling many an event at his beloved and now defunct Hialeah Speedway.

For more than 40 years he wrote race reports and his “Florida Track Fact” columns that appeared in the pages of National Speed Sport News. While he covered a lot of races at places like Daytona and Homestead, short tracks were Marty’s bread and butter, and he knew more about the Florida short tracks than anyone else.

Marty was one of the many loyal SPEED SPORT contributors who have pursued their interest in motorsports and informed the world about what they saw through the pages of National Speed Sport News, SPEED SPORT Magazine and

He didn’t make a living through motorsports, but it was without a doubt his passion.

Marty is survived by his wife, Janet, who accompanied him on many of his racing trips, two children, one grandson and his brother David, a longtime Penske Racing employee.

The Little family has asked that donations be made to Vitas 152 or Victory Junction.

RIP, Marty.