Ralph & Martha Earnhardt and Ned & Martha Jarrett were close friends. The 2 drivers called their wives “The 2 Marthas”. Well, they used to ride together to the races way back when. Ned said there were many times that he refused to ride home with Ralph after the race. Seems Ralph was known for his rough driving.
One night they go to Gaffney Speedway, which at that time was a 3 quarter mile track. Ned was driving a 37 Ford Coupe. It was his only race car and he raced it 3 to 4 times a week. Well, Ralph got into Ned and Ned and his car started rolling. It ended up rolling into a pine tree. Needless to say, Ned & his Martha rode home with some one else.
That weekend there was a party in Kannapolis for Ralph’s birthday that Martha Jarrett had helped Martha Earnhardt plan. Martha Jarrett didn’t drive at the time so Ned had to drive her to the party. Ned however still hadn’t forgiven Ralph so he sat in the car the whole time. At the end of the party Ralph came out and told Ned
“I was just racin’ you hard, I didn’t mean to wreck ya.”