Dave “Wingtip” Marcis, 68, along with Tommy Houston, and Jimmy “The Virginia Gentleman” Hensley will be making their series debuts in the Scotts EZ Seed Showdown on March 20, at Bristol Motor Speedway. The showdown will run right after the NASCAR Nationwide Series Scotts Turf Builder 300.
Also joining the three will be Phil Parsons, who is the only returning competitor from last season’s race.
The EZ Seed Showdown is a 35-lap race featuring some of NASCAR’s most popular retired drivers.
The Showdown which was formerly known as the Saturday night special will also pit Cale Yarborough, Charlie Glotzbach, Jack Ingram, and L.D. Ottinger to bring the total to eight drivers, with four more to be announced as the event gets closer.
Marcis who was a five-time winner in the cup series with 883 starts, made 54 of them at this 30 degree banked oval which is known as the, “Worlds Fastest Half Mile.”
Marcis is looking forward to getting back out on the track, along with getting the chance to see some old friends again.
“I hope to be competitive and want to win the race,” he said.
“We all want to say that though. As long as we are in a good car, I think I’m capable of doing the rest.”
Marcis also added that, “ I know everyone at Bristol is doing a good job to keep the cars equal, so I think it will be a good show. It will be nice to see everyone again. I haven’t seen some of the fellows in a long time. It will be a lot of fun and I’m sure the race fans will enjoy it very, very much.”
Marcis, who was also known for racing with a pair of wingtip shoes, will not disappoint the fans and bring them out for this special one of a kind race.
“I’ll be wearing them,” he said proudly. “I wore a pair when I ran my last cup race in Daytona in February 2002 and I’ll have a pair on in Bristol.”
Houston on the hand may not have a trademark pair of shoes, but he is known as one the Nationwide’s series greatest drivers with 24 wins, 198 top 10’s, and 18 poles while competing in 417 races within a 15 year time span.
Houston was inducted into the National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame in 2008, and his legendary career included becoming the first driver to reach 300 and 400 career starts.
Houston, who has not raced full-time since 1996, still has the confidence that he can compete with his fellow retired drivers once the weekend rolls around in March.
“I know I can do it,” said the 64-year-old. “We quit racing in ’96 because we couldn’t afford it. No one is going to give a guy my age sponsorship. It was hard to do. But I’m looking forward to this deal. I think I can still get the job done with the right kind of equipment.”
Hensley, who finished in the Top-10 in both of his Cup Series starts at Bristol, is known for his short track abilities.
With nine Top-10 finishes in 16 Nationwide Series starts, Hensley hopes it doesn’t take too long to shake off the rust, and hopefully get back into victory lane once again.
“I always ran well there,” the 64-year-old Hensley said. “I don’t know why. It really bothers me though that I never won a race there. I led some races and just had mechanical problems or was involved in wrecks that knocked me out of contention. It is a fun race track, a very demanding track.”
Hensley also added that, “If things happen in front of you, a lot of times you can’t avoid them. It is pretty exciting.”
“I don’t know what to expect. I look forward to seeing some old friends; to laugh and carry on. I’m excited about getting back to racing. I want to; I just hope I don’t embarrass myself.”
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