Martin sees beyond one man's junk
Three years ago, 23-year-old Troy Martin was driving down the street and saw a 1972 Dodge Dart in a neighbor's yard and it gave him an idea. It did not look like just another car sitting in a yard to Martin. To him it looked like a racecar.
He purchased the car and began working on it with his father, Bill at his Winter Park, Fla. home. "The body was in good condition," said Martin. "But we needed to put in a motor and all the equipment to get it to NHRA standards."
Although the elder Martin had raced in the past, and Troy always had an interest in cars, they both agreed to begin competing in NHRA's Super Street category. "The rules for motors and cars in Stock are pretty stringent and for Super Gas we would have to build a fairly high horsepower car to be competitive," explained Troy. "We thought Super Street was a good place to start."
It turned out to be a good decision. In 1999, his first full season of competition, Troy won the Southeast division Super Street championship. He made it to the semifinal rounds at the Federal-Mogul Drag Racing Series events at Gainesville Raceway in Gainesville, Fla., and at Orlando Speed World Dragway. Martin also won the Federal-Mogul event at Atlanta Dragway.
For a short-term goal, Troy is looking to defend his title this year. He will run all six Southeast division races, some out of division contests and two or three national events. For a longer-term goal he would like to get behind the wheel of a Pro Stock vehicle and eventually drive a nitro-powered Funny Car.
For this weekend, though, Troy will continue defending his title at the Federal-Mogul event at Orlando Speed World Dragway.
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