Archive for June, 2009

Faron Young and Marty Robbins newsletter — 1 July 2009

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Thinking of Marty Robbins and the upcoming Independence Day holiday brings to mind the NASCAR FireCracker 400 at the Daytona Speedway. Marty was the grand marshal in 1970 (six months after his heart surgery) and then, according to the statistics I’ve found, he ran the race five times–in 1971, 1973, 1979, 1980, and 1982. He wrecked the first year, finished 8th in 1973, and had engine failure but a finishing spot the last two years. The Tennessean photo below shows him talking to Richard Petty at the Nashville track in the early 1960s.