Mark Martin’s famous for weight lifting, and it’s given him a reputation that goes far beyond his 5-foot-6, 145-pound frame.
One year, long before Jimmie Johnson came along, we were at Darlington Raceway for testing, and Bobby Hamilton was there. We were talking about how racing could be improved, and I asked Bobby if racing needs Jeff Gordon and Mark Martin to battle it out in turn three at Daytona, as the Allisons fought with Cale Yarborough in 1979.
Hamilton, a good talker, said, "Mark Martin may be an itty-bitty guy, but I wouldn’t want to fight him, in turn three or anywhere else!"
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