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Charlotte, NC- April 29, 2013 – Martin and the crew of the No.44 American Custom Yachts Toyota Camry team traveled to Richmond, VA for Martin’s first NASCAR Nationwide Series debut at Richmond International Raceway. Despite difficult handling characteristics both in testing and during the race, Martin and crew under the masterful direction of crew-chief Greg Conner were able to take home a top 25 finish.

Hal Martin on Richmond International Raceway

This was your first time competing at Richmond International Raceway, how was it?
Martin stated, “I was looking forward to race on another short track and Richmond International Raceway did not disappoint. I felt like I was going back to my roots of short-track racing. I enjoyed the challenge of trying to put the power down coming off the corners as the banking drops off. There is really nothing like racing on a high-speed short track.”

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Charlotte, NC- April 22, 2013 – Following an early race transmission failure at Texas Motor Speedway, Martin and the crew of the No.44 American Custom Yachts Toyota Camry team are ready to tackle Richmond. Martin and crew are looking forward to the test session on Thursday and plan on utilizing this time to dial the car in for Friday night’s race as well as give Martin an opportunity to learn the layout of the track.

Hal Martin on Richmond International Raceway

How are you preparing yourself for this upcoming race?
Hal stated “I’m really pumped up about this week’s race. Due to the transmission failure in Texas, I didn’t get a chance to really race hard because of the failure early in the race. I’m excited to get back behind the wheel and make my Richmond debut. Richmond is a high-speed short track, which happens to be my favorite type of track. These tracks [...]

Charlotte, NC- April 15, 2013 – Spritis were high as Martin traveled back to Texas to make his second career start in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Texas Motor Speedway. Qualifying 32nd, Martin had climbed to 25th when a transmission failure forced him and his No.44 American Custom Yachts Toyota Camry crew to bring the car to the garage ending his night. Martin finished the race in 38th position.

Hal Martin on Texas Motor Speedway

This was your second time back to Texas Motor Speedway as a NASCAR Nationwide Series driver. How was it?
Martin stated, “I was excited to get my car back to this track. This is the first track in my schedule that I had previously driven on as a NASCAR Nationwide series driver. Our car was really good. When our competitor’s speeds would drop off on long, green-flag runs, our car wouldn’t. We were moving up quickly when the transmission [...]

New Orleans, LA- April 9, 2013 – Following a two week break in the NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule, Martin and the No.44 American Custom Yachts Toyota Camry team prepare to travel to Fort Worth, TX for Martin’s second series start at this track. Martin has competed at Texas Motor Speedway two times previously. In 2006, Martin raced his super late model and received a 12th place finish. In addition, Martin competed at Texas Motor Speedway last fall where he finished 30th following contact with the outside wall in turn two early during the race.

Hal Martin on Texas Motor Speedway

How are you preparing yourself for this upcoming race?
Hal stated “This is the first track in my Nationwide Series schedule that I will have seen previously. My confidence is boosted and I’m ready for an exciting race. To prepare for this race, I plan on reflecting on my own personal experiences at this [...]

Charlotte, NC- March 24, 2013 – Despite difficult handling conditions during qualifying as well as during the race, Martin was able to take home a top 25 finish for his No.44 American Custom Yachts Toyota Camry team in the Royal Purple 300 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA.

Hal Martin on Auto Club Speedway

This was your first time racing at Auto Club Speedway, what did you think of the track?
“I thought the track was fun after I got used to it. The seams in the track made navigating and choosing lines difficult because as soon as you drove over one, the car took on completely different handling characteristics” stated Martin. “It was a challenge, but I really enjoyed the difficulty in having to really focus on where the car was on the track at all times.”

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Mooresville, NC- March 18, 2013 – After a difficult finish in Bristol, TN last Saturday at Jeff Foxworthy’s Grit Chips 300, Hal is ready to head back out west to compete in the Royal Purple 300 at Auto Club Speedway. This will be Martin’s first time competing at this venue and he and his No.44 American Custom Yachts Toyota Camry team are fired up and ready for the event.

Hal Martin on Auto Club Speedway

How are you preparing yourself for this upcoming race?
Hal stated “I’ve heard that the key to this track is to carefully navigate your way through the corners without crossing the seams in the racetrack. I’ve never had the opportunity to race on this track so I plan on watching video of previous races and talking with my TriStar Motorsports teammates, as I do before every race. It’s been awesome to learn from Mike Bliss and Eric McClure who [...]

Charlotte, NC- March 16, 2013 – After successfully qualifying in 25th position for Jeff Foxworthy’s Grit Chips 300 in Bristol, TN. Hal and his crew of the No.44 American Custom Yachts Toyota Camry were excited for the race. Hal was able to quickly move forward from 25th position to 19th position during the first part of the 300 lap race.

Half way through the race, Hal was involved in an accident which ended his day early. Although the car sustained significant damage, Martin walked away from the accident unharmed.

Hal Martin on Bristol Motor Speedway

This was your first time racing at Bristol Motor Speedway, what did you think of the track?
Martin replied, “I had a lot of fun racing on this track. Bristol Motor Speedway is referred to as ‘the last great colliseum’ and I can definitely see why. This track packs a lot of intensity in its compressed half mile concrete [...]

Charlotte, NC- March 10, 2013 – After an exciting two weeks out west, Hal is all set to be headed to Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend to compete in Jeff Foxworthy’s Grit Chips 300. The TriStar Motorsports crew of the No. 44 American Custom Yachts Toyota Camry is making final adjustments to the car to have it ready for Thursday’s departure.

Hal Martin on Bristol Motor Speedway

How are you preparing yourself for this upcoming race?
Hal stated “In addition to watching tapes of races from previous seasons and talking to my crew, I plan on picking the brains of my TriStar teammates, Eric McClure and Mike Bliss, as I prepare for this race.”

With the track being so small, there can be a lot of action, what do you expect?

“I have not raced at Bristol before and I don’t really know much about the track. However, I got my start in racing [...]

Las Vegas, Nevada- March 9, 2013 – After Friday’s wash-out practice day, Hal Martin and other NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers had a single 45 minute practice session on Saturday in which to learn the track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. “Without a doubt I had to learn this track quickly. I knew the track conditions were going to change as the weather changed so I made it my goal to learn the track layout – getting through the bumps without sacrificing corner speed was key.”

Hal Martin’s No.44 American Custom Yachts Toyota Camry showed promise after starting in 14th position based on 2012 owner points. Both car and driver battled being loose during the event at various times throughout the race. Hal was able to avoid several wrecks and finish the race with an undamaged car and a top 25 finish. Hal is currently in 18th in driver point standings.
Hal Martin on Las [...]

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