ANTIGONISH, Nova Scotia — Recently inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Mark Martin plans to return to competition in the July 15 IWK 250 late model race at Canada’s Riverside Int’l Speedway.
The news was reported on the Riverside Int’l Speedway website that the 58-year-old Arkansas native will race at the third-mile asphalt oval.
“I’ve heard nothing but good things from my NASCAR buddies about the race, the competition, and the fans,” Martin said. “It’s always fun to get back to your roots. My career began at local short tracks and I got the opportunity to go to so many great speedways. I can’t wait to check this one out along with the competition and the fans.”
“It is indeed a privilege to welcome Mark Martin to our event,” said Paul McLean, general manager for Riverside. “His remarkable career speaks for itself; his reputation as a stand-up guy and hard-core racer are qualities that will make him a perfect fit for our event. We are beyond excited to bring him to the IWK 250 for our fans and racers.”
Besides the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Martin has been inducted into the National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame (2017) and the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (2015).
Martin began his career racing late models in American Speed Ass’n competition.
Martin will drive a car out of the Nova Racing stable as a teammate to Chisholm and New Glasgow’s George Koszkulics.
“I’m really looking forward to the trip,” said Martin. “I have done a ton of racing in similar cars that run there. I always loved racing those cars.”
In addition to his on-track activities, Martin will visit with patients and their families at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax during his stay in Nova Scotia.
With his win in 2008, Regan Smith is the only NASCAR guest driver to take the checkers at the IWK 250. Other NASCAR racers that have challenged the region’s best in the event include Aric Almirola, Marcos Ambrose, Matt Crafton, Ricky Craven, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano and David Reutimann.