HOF Nominee - Wayne Martineson

Posted by John Gartner 8/8/2016 8:54:16 PM

Wayne Martineson—Bismarck, ND
Era: Legacy
Car: #21
Class: Street Stock, Late Model
Club Affiliation: Charter Member--Bismarck-Mandan Stock Car Assn.President 1978-79
Toughest Competitors: Hank Berry, Bob Simmers & Marlyn Seidler

Wayne started racing in the Street Stock division at the old Central States Speedway in 1974. His first car was a 1967 Chevelle and he had a good rookie season finishing 4th in points. Like many racers of the era, Wayne started racing as a partnership with another owner, but that relationship quickly ended and the driver of the #21 had to go it alone for the remainder of the season.

The next season was a productive one as Wayne purchased a 1966 Chevelle with that sought after big block 396 engine from fellow racer Bobby Geiger. He won the street stock championship that year in a class that had well established and talented racers like Larry Oswald, Lynn Christianson, and Darrell Erickson that had won many championships over the years.

In 1976 Wayne bought a Late Model from HOF Nominee Lefty Herman that was a copy of the hot ticket at that time--the Howe 5th design. However, the car was also very heavy at over 4000 pounds so he decided to upgrade to an established Late Model Chassis—the Boyce chassis from Chicago,IL.

Wayne was also very instrumental in forming the new BMSCA asa driver’s organization to help with safety, swap meets, and representing drivers who sometimes had issues with private promoters during the era.

Wayne’s best year was 1981 when he traveled all over the upper Midwest racing Minot on Sunday, Bismarck Tuesday, Jamestown on Wednesday, and often times Fargo on Friday nights. That also meant traveling to Winnipeg for specials in a series called Tri-Can using a hauler called a wedge bed that could see 50,000 miles of traveling in one season. Martineson’s best year was 1981 when he took 3rd place overall in Tri-Can with talented drivers like Bob Simmers, Jack McDonald, Ernie Brookins, John Gaule, Donnie Bender, and Rick Aukland winning wherever they raced.

Wayne started scaling his racing back and concentrating on farming when Tri-Can dissolved and the current Wissota sanctioning body took over in the late 1980’s. Martineson then became a driving force in the Missouri Valley Fair Association that was created when the old Bismarck Speedway went to the current Mandan location in 1990.

Currently Wayne is married and has two sons. He still has his last Late Model but he spends his extra time restoring classic cars.

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