MOORESVILLE, N.C. — Jeff Batten went all the way back to 1980 for the throwback paint scheme he’ll use during the Aug. 3-4 CARS Tour Throwback 276 at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway.
Batten, 32, will pay tribute to NASCAR Hall of Famer and four-time American Speed Ass’n champion Mark Martin during the Throwback 276. The wrap on his super late model closely matches the colors of Martin’s car and will carry the No. 2 Martin utilized during the 1980 ASA season.
“I’ve always liked the ASA cars from back in the day,” Batten said. “I’m basically from a dirt background, my family ran on dirt all the time, so we think of the dirt guys here. When I think back to asphalt racing on short tracks, I think about the guys in the Midwest like Mark and Rusty (Wallace) and Gary Balough.
“I’ve always liked that Mark Martin scheme. I wasn’t really a Mark Martin fan when he raced for Roush, I don’t pull for Fords,” Batten added with a small chuckle.
Long before Martin made a name for himself in NASCAR, he was a fixture on the ASA circuit. From 1978 to ’80 Martin was a force to be reckoned with in ASA competition, winning three straight championships and countless races. After a failed attempt to transition to NASCAR, Martin returned to ASA and won a fourth championship in 1986.
Martin’s second attempt to transition to NASCAR was successful and he retired from NASCAR competition at the end of 2013 with 96 victories across all three of NASCAR’s national divisions, including 40 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. He was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2017.
“If you look back at his career, from the ’70s all the way up until 2013, that’s a span of like 40 years or something like that,” Batten said. “To honor someone that has been in the sport that long and still dealing with the sport, that’s kind of a big deal.”
The CARS Tour Throwback 276 is being filmed in association with Pit Row Media and the tape-delayed broadcast will air on Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. on MAVTV as part of Suzuki presents SPEED SPORT. The event will also be live streamed on CARS Tour TV by Pit Row Media on Aug. 3-4.
Marketing opportunities are available for the CARS Tour Throwback 276 on Suzuki presents SPEED SPORT on MAVTV. Please contact Chad Markel at [email protected] or John McMillan at [email protected] for more information.
Tickets for the Throwback 276 weekend are now on sale at www.carsracingtour.com by clicking the advertisement banner located on the right side of the page. Tickets are $15 for Friday, Aug. 3 and are available at the gate only. Event tickets for Saturday, Aug. 4 are $17 in advance or $25 at the gate. A special two-day ticket can be purchased in advance for $30. Fans cans can also watch the race live by visiting www.carstour.tv.
The Throwback 276 Mega Pack which includes a free pit pass for both days, general admission tickets to both days, Throwback 276 hat, Throwback 276 shirt, and Throwback 276 spotters guide paint scheme poster is just $76 in advance only and limited to just the first 138 fans who purchase the package.