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When Mark Martin Dines Out at Daytona...

Mark Martin is a NASCAR superstar.
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Martin's pick:
Carrabba's Italian Grill.

Mark Martin, a longtime NASCAR superstar and the runner-up in the 2007 Daytona 500, is nearly as famous for his workout regimen as he is for his driving skills. It goes without saying that he works up quite an appetitie during his days at the track and in the weight room. So where does Martin like to eat when he's at Daytona? Carrabba's Italian Grill.

"The'yre primarily an Italian restaurant, but I love their seafood," Martin says. "The grilled salmon and the grilled mahi-mahi is my favorite."

If you want to see what all the fuss is about and check out Carrabba's Italian Grill for yourself, it's located at 2200 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach (32114). Phone: 386/255-3344.


Larry Woody covers auto racing for The Tennessean in Nashville. He is a three-time Tennessee Sports Sportswriter of the Year and a member of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.