Cochran Motor Speedway starts class for young drivers

COCHRAN, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A new division at Cochran Motor Speedway is designed specifically for the next generation.

“I am nervous that he’s going to spin out, be he did spin out twice the other day and then got right back on the track,” Joni Martin says.

Joni Martin is no different then most moms when it comes to protecting their children, except for the fact her 11-year-old son is a race car driver.

“I want it to keep on being a tradition,” Parker Martin says.

The Martins are a racing family.

“My uncle raced, my daddy raced, my mama raced,” says Parker. “Now I guess I’m going to start racing.”

Parker’s parents, Joni and Chris, own Cochran Motor Speedway. The John Milledge Academy student has taken full advantage.

“I was getting a little pressure from Parker to start this class,” says Chris Martin. “I felt he was still a little too young to get out there with some of the competition we have here.”

Parker is one of around half a dozen drivers entered in the track’s first “Junior Enduro” event Saturday.

“We just really needed a class strictly for beginners,” says Joni Martin. “That way they can get out there and learn.”

Gates open at 4 p.m. Saturday. Racing starts at 7. For more info, visit

Grandstand tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Admission is free for kids 5 and under.

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