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Construction Begins on Mark Martin Museum in Batesville

FEBRUARY 22, 2005 - Posted at 8:21 a.m. CST


BATESVILLE, AR - The construction equipment is out in Batesville this morning as crews begin building Nextel racing star Mark Martin's museum.

The Batesville native opened a Ford dealership in his hometown last year with plans to build a museum next door to hold all of his racing memorabilia.  Crowds lined the street in the town the day the dealership opened.  Martin is also building a home nearby.

The 46-year-old racer is retiring from full-time Nextel Cup competition after this season.  He finished sixth this past weekend in the Daytona 500.

Officials at the dealership said the museum will house many of Martin's trophies and several of his cherished race cars, uniforms and other mementos.

But the trophies will only be from the second half of his career.  Martin said that his early awards went into the trash on one of his many moves with his wife.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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