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Marty Robbins

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Robbins loved [[NASCAR]] racing. With his musical successes, he was able to finance his avocation. Robbins always tried to run at the big race tracks ([[Talladega Superspeedway]], [[Daytona International Speedway]]) every year, and a smattering of the smaller races when time permitted.
Robbins' cars were built and maintained by [[Cotton Owens]]. They were painted two-toned magenta and chartreuse, usually carrying car number 42 (though 6, 22, and 777 were also used). Over the years, he ran a few makes and models ([[Plymouth (automobile)|Plymouth]]s, [[Dodge]]s or [[Ford Motor Company|Fords]]) before buying a 1972-bodied [[Dodge Charger]] from Owens. Robbins had 6 top-ten finishes as well as a few major wrecks during the 1970s, and he had Owens rebuild the car to update the sheet metal to the 1973–1974 Charger specifications, and then finally 1978 [[Dodge Magnum]] sheet metal, which he raced till the end of 1980. Robbins' final NASCAR race car was a 1981 [[Buick Regal]] that he rented and drove in a few races in 1981 and 1982.
In 1972, Robbins stunned the competition by turning laps that were 15 &nbsp;mph faster than his qualifying time. After the race, NASCAR tried to bestow the Rookie of the Race award, but he would not accept it. He had knocked the NASCAR-mandated restrictors out of his [[carburetor]] and admitted he "just wanted to see what it was like to run up front for once."<ref>{{cite web|url= |title=Cotton Owens Garage - Drivers |publisher=Cotton Owens Garage and Stratatomic LLC |date= |accessdate=2015-08-17}}</ref>
Robbins is credited with possibly saving [[Richard Childress]]' life at the 1974 Charlotte 500 by deliberately crashing into a wall rather than t-bone Childress's car that was stopped across the track.<ref>{{cite web|title=Marty Robbins Saves Life of NASCAR's Richard Childress|url=||accessdate=2013-09-11}}</ref>
In 1983, one year after Robbins' death, NASCAR honored him by naming the annual race at [[Nashville|Fairgrounds Speedway]] the [[Coors 420|Marty Robbins 420]].
Robbins' Dodge Magnum was restored by Owens and donated to the Talladega Museum by his family, and was displayed there from 1983 to 2008. The car is now in private hands in Southern California and raced on the Vintage NASCAR club circuit.
In 2014, Robbins' 1969 [[Dodge Charger Daytona]] was featured on an episode of [[Discovery Channel]]s TV show [[Fat and Furious:Rolling Thunder]]. In that same year, an episode of [[Velocity]]'s [[AmeriCarna]] featured ex-race team owner [[Ray Evernham]] spearheading the restoration of another of Robbins' NASCAR racers, a 1964 [[Plymouth Belvedere]].
For the 2016 Darlington throwback weekend, [[Kyle Larson]]'s No. 42 [[NASCAR]] [[Xfinity Series]] car was painted purple and gold in honor of Robbins.
Robbins' highest charting album is 1959's ''[[Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs]]''. It charted to #6 on the all-genre [[Billboard 200|''Billboard'' 200]], and was also certified Platinum by the [[Recording Industry Association of America]]. The album's first single, "[[El Paso (song)|El Paso]]", become a hit on both the country and pop charts, charting to Number One on the Hot Country Songs as well as the [[Billboard Hot 100|''Billboard'' Hot 100]]. Although being his only pop Number One, in 1957, "[[A White Sport Coat]]" charted to #2, and in 1961, "[[Don't Worry (Marty Robbins song)|Don't Worry]]" charted to #3.
His final Top 10 single was "Honkytonk Man" from the 1982 [[Honkytonk Man|eponymous film]] in which Robbins had a role. He died shortly before its release. Since his death, four [[Posthumous publication|posthumous]] studio albums have been released, but they made no impact on the charts.
==Motorsports career results==
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