Dylan Martin's journey has not only brought him to Kannapolis, NC (birth place of Dale Earnhardt, Sr), but it has brought him to the opportunity to race at some historical NASCAR tracks as well. Dylan took to Greenville-Pickens Speedway in Easley, SC on May 14th, where there were 29 races held for the NASCAR Grand National (now Sprint Cup) tour between 1951 until 1971. It also hosted two NASCAR Busch Grand National (now Xfinity Series) tour races in 1983. On April 10, 1971 Greenville-Pickens Speedway held the first NASCAR race that was nationally televised from start to finish, on ABC Wide World of Sports. The track has seen legendary winners such as Richard Petty, Ned Jarrett, Buck Baker and David Pearson, to name a few. The iconic history was definitely felt when Dylan rounded the track and was welcomed by the names of recent and past track champions that are painted on the walls of the track. Dylan raced in the twin 75's in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Late Model Stock series on May 14th. And while the finishes were not what the team and the driver had hoped for, his 8th place and 10th place finishes were sweetened with the history that this local track is keeping alive. With Dylan being a driver in the Empire Racing Group Driver Development Program and their partnership with Richard Petty Motorsports, racing on a track where the "King" (Richard Petty) found himself in victory lane multiple times puts a brighter light on the road that Dylan is striving to pave for himself.
Today, June 4th, Dylan will take to the track of Hickory Motor Speedway in Hickory, NC. This week, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., tweeted a picture of the Earnhardt family's late models that they raced at Hickory Motor Speedway in 1995. Tom Jensen with Fox Sports.com tweets, It's easy to forget now, but once upon a time Kerry, Kelley and Dale Earnhardt Jr. were all up-and-coming racecar drivers. Hickory has adopted the phrase, The BIRTHPLACE of the NASCAR STARS to describe this classic speedway and today Dylan will be amongst the many that have had the privilege to dawn these corners of this racetrack. Hickory hosted NASCAR's Grand National Series (later the Sprint Cup) from 1953 to 1971. Junior Johnson became the most successful driver at Hickory, winning there seven times. Today, Dylan will compete in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Late Model Stock series in a 100 lap race. Hickory is often referred to as the "World's Most Famous Short Track" and Dylan will now get to include his name as one of the up-and-coming racers that have taken on the challenge of Hickory Motor Speedway.