Its RACEDAY! Super Late Models return to The Diamond in the Desert with The 1st Annual Tribute To Teddy and Linda Martin April 5th & 6th
Well race fans it’s race day in the desert as the roar of high horse power engines will fill the air this weekend at Cocopah Speedway for The 1st Annual Tribute to Teddy and Linda Martin.
On tap will be the return of the ever popular dirt slinging Dirt Super Late Models vying for $1000.00 to win each night along with our local IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Northern Sport Mods and Alexander Ford Hobby Stocks. So who are Teddy & Linda Martin well if you run in the super dirt late model circle you already know him but for those who don’t here is a little back story to the couple who have n around and supported these high powered machines since 1976. Teddy started in 1976 as a tech and safety inspector for the Southwest Super Stock Racing Association along with those duties he served on the fire crew at Phoenix International Raceway where he sat in on the meetings to discuss which divisions the track would run for their upcoming race The Copper World Classic on fast one mile oval just east of Phoenix. He then made his way to the legendary raceway Manzanita Speedway at Broadway and 35th Avenue as a track official for the late models as well as their marquee events The Western World Championships for the late models and the sprint cars on the ultra fast 1/2 mile from 1976 till it’s untimely closing on April 11 2009. Fast forward to 1989 where he was the race director for The Snowbird Classic which ran at the legendary Ascot Speedway, Imperial Speedway, Yuma Speedway and Manzanita Speedway where fans got to see a couple of the midwest best drivers in Billy Moyer and Classic Champion Charlie Schwartz. Next up were the years spent in the modified division as it was taking off where he spent time race directing for the fluctuating series of IMCA, UMP and BRA at Manzanita. Made contributions to what started out to be a winter home for dirt late model racing in Arizona with The Early Thaw Series started by the great Ernie Mincy and spent time with NASCAR’s Brian France Jr race directing at the dirt track known as Tucson Raceway Park. Now he moved a l east and spent time running the late model series which ran at Southern New Mexico Speedway, El Paso Speedway Park, and Juarez Raceway in Juarez Mexico and list goes on for this stalwart in the southwest dirt late model community. As we head into this weekends races and tribute we reflect also on how Teddy and his wife Linda of 36 years gave help and support to our current promoter Benji Lyons as he took on the re-opening of Central Arizona Speedway in Casa Grande, Arizona and also served as his race director for all divisions. So if you see these two running around this weekend give them a thumbs up, hello and Thank You! for all they have done for our racing community in the southwest. Gates open both nights at 5:00pm with racing starting at 7:00pm so come on out and enjoy some great racing, great food and drink and great fans