Hal Martin

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Hal Martin
Blake Koch SR2 Motorsports Toyota Richmond April 2013.jpg
Martin (top car) racing Blake Koch at Richmond International Raceway in 2013
Born (1985-12-29) December 29, 1985 (age 34)
Galliano, Louisiana
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
17 races run over 3 years
2014 position60th
Best finish35th (2013)
First race2012 Kansas Lottery 300 (Kansas)
Last race2014 U.S. Cellular 250 (Iowa)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series career
1 race run over 1 year
Best finish94th (2009)
First race2009 MemphisTravel.com 200 (Memphis)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
Statistics current as of August 2, 2014.

Hal Martin (born December 29, 1985) is an American professional stock car racing driver. Due to his Louisiana heritage, he is nicknamed "The Ragin' Cajun".[1]

Early career[edit]

Martin began his racing career when he was 15 years old, racing 80cc and 125cc shifter karts, racing around the Gulf Coast of the United States and winning the 2004 Louisiana State 80cc Shifter Kart Championship. He then went to several driving schools to improve his driving skills as he prepared to move up to full-bodied stock cars, including the Buck Baker Racing School and Andy Hillenburg's Fast Track High Performance Driving School in Rockingham, North Carolina.[1]

In 2007, Martin won the Mobile International Speedway Track Championship in the Pro Late Model Division and was crowned the 2007 Louisiana State Champion by Late Model Digest. He would follow that up with two more wins the following season while competing on various short tracks around the Gulf of Mexico, followed by running some ASA Late Model Series races in 2009 and 2010.[1]

In 2009, Martin graduated from the University of New Orleans with a degree in mechanical engineering.[2]

ARCA Racing Series[edit]

Following his completion of Hillenburg's driving school, Martin was approved to compete in the ARCA Racing Series. He made his series debut at Mansfield Motorsports Park, finishing in 11th place. He would follow that up in his next race two months later with a 3rd-place finish at Chicagoland Speedway, his best finish to date. While he was competing on various short tracks around the Gulf Coast, Martin was gaining valuable experience on some of the biggest tracks in the country while competing in ARCA, including Daytona, Talladega, and Pocono. In 11 career ARCA starts between 2009 and 2011, Martin has a best starting and finishing position of 3rd place, while also tallying 3 top ten finishes.[3]

NASCAR career[edit]

Nationwide Series[edit]

Martin made his Nationwide Series debut at Kansas Speedway in 2012, driving the No. 44 car for TriStar Motorsports. His debut ended 24 laps from the finish when he got together with Scott Lagasse, Jr. and caused both drivers to hit the wall and crash out of the race, crediting him with a 25th-place finish. He would compete in two more races that season in preparation for a full-time effort in 2013, this time driving the No. 19 car for TriStar Motorsports at Texas and Homestead, finishing in 30th place on both occasions.

After running three races towards the end of 2012, Martin drove full-time for TriStar Motorsports in 2013 and will be competing for Nationwide Rookie of the Year honors, where he was once again paired with veteran crew chief John Quinn.[4] Martin's competition for Rookie of the Year included Jeffrey Earnhardt, grandson of Dale Earnhardt, 2012 K&N Pro Series East champion Kyle Larson and former Formula One driver Nelson Piquet Jr..

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

Martin made his lone Camping World Truck Series in 2009 at Memphis International Raceway. Driving for driving coach Andy Hillenburg, Martin finished 26th in the 36-truck field, competing in just over half the laps of the 200-lap race before retiring from the event due to overheating.

Team ownership[edit]

On July 28, 2015, Martin and Xfinity Series driver Eric McClure formed Martin-McClure Racing, a K&N Pro Series East team; the team fields the No. 39 for Chad Finchum[5] and Austin Cindric.[6]

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Nationwide Series[edit]

NASCAR Nationwide Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 NNSC Pts
2012 TriStar Motorsports 44 Toyota DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL TEX RCH TAL DAR IOW CLT DOV MCH ROA KEN DAY NHA CHI IND IOW GLN CGV BRI ATL RCH CHI KEN DOV CLT KAN
25
65th 47
19 TEX
30
PHO HOM
30
2013 44 DAY
28
PHO
23
LVS
24
BRI
31
CAL
24
TEX
38
RCH
24
TAL
34
DAR
29
CLT
23
DOV IOW MCH ROA KEN DAY NHA CHI IND IOW GLN LEX BRI ATL RCH
30
CHI KEN DOV KAN
35
CLT TEX PHO HOM 35th 186
2014 DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL TEX DAR RCH TAL IOW
26
CLT DOV MCH ROA KEN DAY NHA CHI IND IOW
28
GLN MOH BRI ATL RCH CHI KEN DOV KAN CLT TEX PHO HOM 60th 34

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 NCWTC Pts
2009 Fast Track Racing 48 Chevy DAY FON ATL MAR KAN CLT DOV TEX MCH MIL MEM
26
KEN IRP NSH BRI CHI IOW GAT LOU LVS MAR TAL TEX PHO HOM 94th 85

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Hal Martin". HalMartin.com. Archived from the original on 2015-02-13. Retrieved 2012-12-07.
  2. ^ "Hal Martin Takes Louisiana to NASCAR Country". Archived from the original on 2013-01-10. Retrieved 2012-12-30.
  3. ^ "Hal Martin's ARCA Racing Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved 2012-12-07.
  4. ^ "Louisiana Native "Ragin' Cajun" Hal Martin Announces NASCAR Nationwide Series Commitment for 2012-2013". Catchfence. 2012-09-21. Retrieved 2012-12-07.
  5. ^ "MCCLURE, MARTIN FORM K&N PRO SERIES TEAM". NASCAR. July 28, 2015. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  6. ^ "Austin Cindric Joins Martin-McClure Racing". Catchfence. April 26, 2016. Retrieved April 26, 2016.

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