Mark Martin: Why NASCAR's Unlikely Sex Symbol Is Nothing Short of Red Hot

Kara MartinSenior Analyst ISeptember 23, 2009

Standing a mere 5’6" tall, weighing in at 125 pounds and plagued with the stigma of being sponsored in the past by “Viagra,” the venerable Mark Martin is an unlikely sex symbol in the sporting world.

But what exactly is sexy and what defines it?

We humans are hard-wired to instinctively know what appeals to our own sense of attraction and sadly for many of us, beauty is but skin deep.

Sitting pretty in the No. 1 position in NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup, Martin has introduced us to a new level of appeal, by showing that growing older only proves just how much one has truly lived.

With age comes wisdom, knowledge and strength. Being beautiful doesn’t come from a cosmetic counter or a costly nip/tuck. The perfect elixir comes from the mind and foresight shines through mature eyes that have not only seen the past but can envision the future.

Allure begins in the brain and radiates outward. Sexiness is all about the manner in which someone carries one’s self. It's confidence, self-esteem and substance all rolled into one highly maintained machine.

For nearly 30 years, Martin has subscribed to a vigorous workout routine, which keeps him in better shape than many of his younger counterparts. Add to that his positive attitude and overall charm and that makes him one very hot commodity.

Facial wrinkles begin to blur the lines between old age and distinction. Graying hair becomes a symbol of a prosperous life lived long and well and remembering that “age ain’t nothing but a number,” inspires endless possibilities. Dreams become reality and reality surpasses even our wildest of dreams.

Suddenly we are drawn to a man who society tells us we traditionally weren’t meant to be attracted to.

Martin’s accomplishments this year have kick-started our hearts and left us weak in the knees.

At the age of 50, he is the oldest driver to ever qualify for the Chase and now with a 35-point advantage over his teammate Jimmie Johnson, it gives us yet another reason to share the love.

Owner Rick Hendrick, enamoured by this year's performance, has already signed his seasoned prodigy to a contract extension which will keep him in the the No. 5 Chevrolet full time through the end of 2011.

Beauty, they say, is in the eye of the beholder. From where I stand, Mark Martin, you look simply marvelous!

Here’s looking at you, kid!

Photo Credit: Kara Martin


The latest in the sports world, emailed daily.