Southern 500 champ Martin to lunch with fans in SC

DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) - Darlington Raceway is bringing its fans lunch with NASCAR star Mark Martin.

Track president Chris Browning said Wednesday that last year's Southern 500 winner would attend a luncheon at the Florence Civic Center. There will be a question & answer session with Martin, who at age 50 won a Sprint Cup event at Darlington Raceway for the first time since 1993.

Browning said track leaders wanted to create an event fans could take part in before the race. Since Martin is among the most popular NASCAR drivers, Browning said it was a perfect fit for a fan event.

The Southern 500 is set for May 8.

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