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Mark & Arlene Martin Hope for AR Foundation-Race 4 Hope

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PostPosted: Tue May 30, 2017 11:42 pm    Post subject: Mark & Arlene Martin Hope for AR Foundation-Race 4 Hope Reply with quote


Nascar great, Mark Martin, raced for the first time ever in 1974 at a little dirt track called Independence County Speedway, better known now as the exciting high-banked oval, Batesville Motor Speedway.

Forty-three years later, after the completion of his Hall of Fame career with Nascar, Mark has returned to his hometown in Batesville, Arkansas, and with his wife Arlene, have opened a new chapter in their lives with the intent to help children in need.

Hope for Arkansas, Inc. helps to improve the quality of life for children and families across the state of Arkansas with a strong emphasis in Batesville and Independence County. The goal of the foundation’s efforts is to make a positive difference in the lives of children and families through providing shelter, access to public transportation, education and career and soft skills training.

The Hope for Arkansas Foundation, being in the developing stages, was searching for ways to help bring attention to the needs of others. After speaking with Batesville Motor Speedway promoter, Mooney Starr, Mark realized that the IMCA Modified division is the largest group of race cars in the world. So why not have the largest paying race for the IMCA Modifieds and reach people all over the country. After many discussions, the "RACE 4 HOPE '74" was born.

The “RACE 4 HOPE ’74” will be a five-day IMCA Modified event with a lucrative payback in the seventy-four lap feature event.

The Presenting Sponsor of The Race for Hope '74 will be Randy Sweet of Sweet Manufacturing. Sweet Manufacturing, located in Kalamazoo, MI, was established in 1978 and has played an active role in providing products to Mark Martin during his racing career.

To learn more about the Mark and Arlene Martin Hope for Arkansas Foundation, go to http://www.markandarlenemartinfoundation.org

Sweet Manufacturing information can be found at www.sweetmfg.biz.

More information on dates and payout of the “RACE 4 HOPE “74” event will be available by June 2nd at www.batesvillemotorspeedway.com.
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