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ABINGDON, Va. - In its two years of operation, Martin-McClure Racing has competed exclusively in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. During this time, MMR has achieved three wins in the 2016 race season and is currently seated 3rd in the series standings. The team has achieved all of this out of the former Morgan-McClure Motorsports complex in Abingdon, VA. It is in this building that a new generation of drivers, crewmembers, and owners build upon the rich history of the iconic yellow No.4 car from the 1980s and 1990s.
It is the Martin-McClure Racing organization's privilege to pay tribute to this recognizable paint scheme while participating in the inaugural Busch North Throwback 100 at Connecticut's Thompson Speedway on July 8, 2017. MMR will debut its own No.4 Overstock Mercantile/Boyer Drilling/Lighting Auto Sales/CitruSafe scheme complete in the livery of the easily recognizable No.4 entry of years past.
"I am honored to be able to participate in the NASCAR Throwback weekend at Thompson Speedway" said Hal Martin, co-owner of Martin-McClure Racing. "As a lifelong fan of the sport, I grew up watching the No.4 Kodak car on track. Now, as an owner, I get to revive and rewrite its legacy for the new generation of NASCAR fans."
In the upcoming race at Thompson Speedway, MMR will welcome a new driver, Jared Irvan, as he continues his father's legacy in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, formally the NASCAR Busch North Series, in the colors first made famous by his father.
"I am very exited for the opportunity to be driving for Martin-McClure Racing at Thompson Speedway," Irvan said. "It is a very good opportunity and I can't thank the team enough. This should be a very cool race with all the throwback schemes. I hope we will be able to have a good showing in my second ever NASCAR K&N Pro Series race."
The vibrant paint scheme was a staple in the Monster Energy Cup Series for nearly a decade, but also made an appearance in the NASCAR Busch North Series in 1993 , when Ernie Irvan claimed the pole position at Watkins Glen International Raceway.
"This is a really special opportunity for me personally, and for our entire organization," said co-owner Eric McClure. " Looking at the colors of the car brings back a rush of memories, and the success of this car two decades ago provided many opportunities, and still brings a tremendous amount of pride.
"I'm excited to welcome Jared to our team. He's young and fast. And we've laid a solid foundation for our team, with a standard of excellence. I'm hopeful that we can go to Thompson and perform in such a way that will make my dad, Larry, Teddy, Ed, Tim and Ernie Irvan proud."