Martin was born on January 9, 1959 in Batesville AR. He now lives in Daytona, Fl with his wife and four children, however he keeps in touch with his roots by running his father's business, J-Mar Express, in Searcy, Arkansas.
Martin started his racing career in 1974 in a car built and sponsored by his father. In 1989, he won his first NASCAR Winston cup at the North Carolina Motor Speedway. He soon became the 6th modern era driver to win four races in a row (he won at Watkins Glen, Michigan, Bristol and Darlington). His career as a racer was taking off and continued to do so. In 1997 he broke the all time Bush series record to win the race. He is still the career wins leader in the Bush National Series with 47 wins. It is said Martin probably is the most respected driver on the circuit.
He is one of the most highly regarded racers not only for his great achievements on the asphalt, but also for his good looks. Many female NASCAR fans think this speedracer is also a speedstud. Judging from his many female fans, you might think he was a professional actor or model.