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Eric Martin killed in Lowe's practice crash

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Eric Martin killed in Lowe's practice crash
Oct 12, 2002, 5:31 AM

Concord, NC--Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) driver Eric Martin was killed during a practice session at Lowe's Motor Speedway in preparation for Thursday night's 100-mile event. Martin spun his No. 2 Chevrolet exiting turn four and the ...

Concord, NC--Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) driver Eric Martin was killed during a practice session at Lowe's Motor Speedway in preparation for Thursday night's 100-mile event.

Martin spun his No. 2 Chevrolet exiting turn four and the rearend of the car bounced off of the outside retaining wall. The car rolled to a stop, Martin was moving around in the car and told his crew he was OK. Then approximately eight seconds later, the No. 75 Ford driven by Deborah Renshaw slammed the driver's side of the car destroying it.

Renshaw's spotter, believed to be team owner Bob Schacht, apparently was located on the top of the team hauler in the infield. There is some question about whether or not he could have seen Martin or not to in form his driver.

Renshaw was treated at the infield care center; her injuries are not life threatening. Official word regarding her condition has yet to be released.

Martin was 20th in the point standings and held a career best ARCA finish, of a 14th place run on the Springfield, Ill. dirt track.

A year ago, on October 4th, ARCA driver Blaise Alexander lost his life on the 1.5-mile Charlotte track.

Eric Martin was 33 years old. He is survived by his wife Tammy and two children.

A fund has been established for Martin's children.


Eric Martn Fund
P O Box 1327
Soddy Daisy, TN 37384

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Series ARCA
Drivers Blaise Alexander , Deborah Renshaw , Bob Schacht