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Unbuckled: Getting to know Mike Martin

Unbuckled: Getting To Know Mike Martin

Driver of the #01 Martin Motorsports Bond Auto Tiger Sportsman

Hometown: Craftsbury Commons, VT

2012: Finished 8th overall in Bond Auto Tiger Sportsman division at Thunder Road.

What are your favorite hobbies in the off-season?

I sugar in the spring, and I also hunt and fish right here around my home in Craftsbury.  My family likes to do it with me, so it gives me a chance to spend some time with them.  We’ve just always done those three things.  

What do you do for work?

I have my own auto repair business called Mike Martin Auto Repair in Craftsbury.  I’ve been doing this about 12 years now. 

 What is your biggest life accomplishment?

Definitely my kids. I have two kids, a boy and a girl.  Abby will be 14 next week and Stephen is 10.

Big Plans for 2013?

Going to race full-time at Thunder Road in the Tiger Division.  My goals I think are the same as everyone’s: win the Championship, win some races, and have some fun. 

What is the state of your car currently?

Currently it is ready for a body, so we’re gaining on it.  It will be ready by the time the season opener comes around. 

What race are you looking forward to the most in 2013?

I really like the longer races. The 100 lappers are great, but any of them and all of them are kind of my favorite. I love any race. 

What was the highlight of the 2012 season for you?

Leading the points on two different occasions, and finishing second in the Heritage 100-lap special.  Having a competitive car every week is huge, and I was thankful for that.  We were one of the better cars most all the time this year, and that was really big for us.

Do you have a hero? Someone you idolize as a racecar driver or try to emulate?

Mark Martin.  The way he goes about his racing, his attitude, everything is right about him.  Our names are similar, too.

Who is your biggest fan at the track?

Probably my boy.  He comes there every week. 

What is something about you that most people don’t know?

Most people probably don’t know that I officiate basketball all winter, and I’m a grave digger. I’ve been a basketball official for twenty years, and a grave digger for probably 25 years. My dad started doing it, and I did it with him, so I’ve been at this a long time.

How did you start racing?

I always went to the races as a kid and decided to build a Junkyard Warrior back in the day.  We won the championship and went up from there.  I finished second in the Street Stocks and always seemed to be close to the Championship but never quite got it.  

Tell me about your family?

My family is very close.  My kids play all kinds of sports: baseball, soccer, basketball, it seems like we’re on the road every night of the week. Stephen does cub scouts too, and my wife Fran brings the kids to the track every week.  We also enjoy sugaring together, they all like to come down and help out. 

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 

Probably helping my son race. He is very interested in it.  We will see, I might be retired by then but I’d like to see him give it a shot.