|September 26, 2012|
1925: Marty Robbins, the country/western music star who was a popular part-time driver in NASCAR, is born. Robbins, a multiple Grammy winner best known for his hit “El Paso,” made 35 starts over 13 years, mostly driving bright purple and yellow Dodges. His best finish in NASCAR’s top series was fifth at Michigan International Speedway in June 1974. Robbins died of a heart attack in 1982 in Nashville, where he made his fame; Nashville Speedway named its next race the Marty Robbins 420 in his memory.