Martin and his Michael Waltrip Racing crew plan to sport the new black “Swagtastic since 1981” shirts at race tracks in the coming weeks.
“I think they are pretty bad,” said Martin, with “bad” meaning… well… good.
|The epic Mark Martin|
“Who’d of thought I’d ever have a T-shirt like this,” laughed Martin. “I think they’ll be in pretty high demand on the Internet and the souvenir truck. I think it’s something I’ll wear at the race track, or working out in the gym.”
Martin’s Epic Swag saga began when the driver’s 65,000-follower Twitter account (@55markmartin) was hacked last month, rendering the 30-year NASCAR veteran completely powerless over his newest hobby. The culprit – known only as Epic Swag -- commandeered the account and began changing settings and altering followers. Quick work by Twitter restored Martin’s account to full functionality, and by late Saturday night, Martin was back to tweeting about his favorite rappers like Dr. Dre and Gucci Mane, and answering fan questions.
His race team couldn’t resist some good natured ribbing of the future Hall-of-Famer, and gave Martin the new nickname “Epic Swag.” Martin’s No. 55 Toyota even carried the name above the driver’s window during the Sprint Cup race at Auto Club Speedway.
“I can’t walk through the garage now without someone calling out Epic Swag,” laughed Martin. “We’ve had a lot of fun with it. The fans kept asking, so we made some T-shirts. My wife (Arlene) just shakes her head.”