- Mark Martin (racecar driver)
Name = Mark Anthony Martin
Birthdate = birth date and age|1959|1|9
Birthplace = Batesville,
Awards = 1977 ASA Rookie of the Year
4-Time ASA Champion (1978, 1979, 1980, 1986)
5-Time IROC Champion (1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2005)
Named one of
NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers(1998)
Cup_Car_Team = 8 -
Dale Earnhardt, Inc.
Previous_Year = 2007
Prev_Cup_Pos = 27th
Best_Cup_Pos = 2nd - 2002, 1998, 1994, 1990 (Winston Cup)
Cup_Wins = 35
Cup_Top_Tens = 390
Cup_Poles = 41
First_Cup_Race = 1981
Northwestern Bank 400(North Wilkesboro)
First_Cup_Win = 1989
AC Delco 500(Rockingham)
Last_Cup_Win = 2005 Banquet 400 (Kansas)
Prev_Busch_Year = 2007
Busch_Car_Team = 5 -
Busch_Wins = 48
Busch_Top_Tens = 145
Busch_Poles = 30
Previous_Year = 2007
Prev_Busch_Pos = 55th
Best_Busch_Pos = 8th - 1987
First_Busch_Race = 1982
First_Busch_Win = 1987
Last_Busch_Win = 2008 Sam's Town 300 (Vegas)
Prev_Truck_Year = 2007
Truck_Car_Team = 21 -
Wood Brothers/JTG Racing
Prev_Truck_Pos = 38th |
Best_Truck_Pos = 19th - 2006
Truck_Wins = 7
Truck_Top_Tens = 19
Truck_Poles = 3
First_Truck_Race = 1996 Fas Mart Shootout (Richmond)
First_Truck_Win = 1996 Lowe's 250 (North Wilkesboro)
Last_Truck_Win = 2006 Ford 200 (Homestead)
June 8, 2008
Mark Anthony Martin (born
January 9, 1959in Batesville, Arkansas) is a NASCAR Sprint Cup Seriesdriver for Dale Earnhardt, Inc.and drives the #8 U.S. Army Chevrolet Impala SSpart-time, and is also a part-time driver in the Nationwide Seriesfor JR Motorsports. Martin is known for his consistency, as he frequently finishes in the top 10. He also qualified for the Chase for the Sprint Cupall 3 years he raced full-time during its existence. Mark Martin also currently holds the record for most Nationwide Serieswins with 48.
After racing on the short dirt tracks in the state of
Arkansasfor several years, Martin debuted in the American Speed Association(ASA) in 1977. He won the circuit's Rookie of the Year title in 1977 and then 3 consecutive championships from 1978 to 1980.
Martin began his Cup career in 1981. After bouncing about with different sponsors and teams from 1981 to 1983, he returned to ASA in 1984. In his only full year in Cup during this period, he ran his own team and even had 5 top 10s. In 1986, he won yet another ASA championship.
In 1987, he gave NASCAR racing another shot by running in the
NASCAR Nationwide Series, which was called the Busch Series during this time. After a win at Dover International Speedwayin Dover, Delaware, he was spotted by car owner Jack Roush. In 1988, Martin began a long relationship with Roush that continued for 19 years.
Overall, Martin has 35 career NASCAR Cup wins and has finished second in the
Sprint Cup Seriespoint standings four times (1990, 1994, 1998 and 2002). However, after 19 years of racing for Jack Roush, he has never been able to capture the championship, though this is not from a lack of effort. In 1990, a 46-point penalty at Richmond for using an illegal (but non-performance enhancing) carburetor spacer caused him to lose to Dale Earnhardt by 26 points in the final standings.
Martin has also won five IROC titles (1994, 1996, 1997 1998 and 2005) in addition to 13 races, both records for that series.
Martin announced he would retire after the 2005 season, dubbing the season the "Salute to You" tour as a thank you to his fans. After series champion
Kurt Buschsuddenly opted to leave the Roush Racing organization, Roush didn't have another driver lined up for 2006. Martin ultimately opted to run one more season at the request of Roush.
In June 2005, it was announced that
Jamie McMurraywould replace Martin in the #6 car in 2007. This left Roush without a driver for that car in 2006. Martin later agreed to drive for the 2006 season. Ultimately, it was announced that McMurray would be released from his contract and would take over for Kurt Buschinstead in car #26 (formerly #97), and David Raganwould replace Martin in the #6 AAA Ford Fusionin 2007.
Ginn Racing / DEI
October 6, 2006, it was announced that Martin would instead split time with current Busch Seriesdriver Regan Smithin the Ginn Racing#01 U.S. Army Chevroletin 2007. Roush Racing announced that due to team limits imposed by NASCAR, they could not field a team for Martin for all 20 races he wanted to run in 2007, forcing Martin to move on, at least in the Nextel Cup Series. However, Martin drove two races for Roush Fenway Racingin the Busch Series, and also drove in three races for Hendrick Motorsports, sharing the #5 with Kyle Busch.
Martin finished second in the
2007 Daytona 500, only 0.020 seconds behind Kevin Harvick. Martin had led going into the final lap before Harvick stormed from seventh to win on the outside. There has been much controversy over whether or not the caution flag should have came out, which could have affected the outcome of the race. Normally, the caution flag is shown as soon as a car or more make contact with the wall.
2007 was Martin's first season to start with three consecutive top-five finishes. It is also the first time he has had three consecutive top-five finishes since 2002. Martin is also the oldest driver in the modern era to lead the Nextel Cup points for more than one week. Martin led the Nextel Cup points from the second race of the season, the
Auto Club 500, through the fourth race of the season, the Kobalt Tools 500. Martin sat out the Food City 500, becoming the first driver since Cale Yarboroughto sit out a race as the points leader.
July 25, 2007, Dale Earnhardt, Inc.announced it had acquired Ginn Racing. Mark Martin would join Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Martin Truex, Jr., and Paul Menardas a driver for DEI starting at the 2007 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. He would share the #01 car with Aric Almirolafor the rest of the season.
Martin made his 700th career start at the
2008 Auto Club 500.
March 1, 2008, Mark Martin won the 2008 Sam's Town 300 driving the #5 Delphi Chevrolet for JR Motorsports. It was Martin's 48th career Nationwide Seriesvictory and JR Motorsports' 1st win.
During the weekend of the
2008 Toyota/Save Mart 350, ESPN reported that Mark Martin was leaving Dale Earnhardt, Inc.following the 2008 season. It was announced that Aric Almirolawho shared the #8 car with Mark Martin would drive the car full-time in 2009. [ [http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/nascar/cup/news/story?id=3456160 ESPN.com: Martin to leave DEI in 2009, Almirola to race full time] ]
July 4, 2008, Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrickand Martin announced that he will replace Casey Mearsin the #5 car for the 2009 season, running a full-time schedule for the first time since 2006. Martin signed a two-year contract with Hendrick, with a full-time schedule for the 2009 season and part time, 26-race schedule for 2010. [ [http://www.scenedaily.com/news/articles/sprintcupseries/Martin_to_seek_2009_championship_in_Hendrick_Motorsports_No_5.html Martin to seek 2009 championship in Hendrick Motorsports' No. 5 - Sprint Cup Series | SceneDaily.com - NASCAR News ] ]
Martin currently resides in
Daytona Beach, Floridawith his wife Arlene and five children (four of whom are from wife Arlene's first marriage). Martin's father, stepmother and stepsister died in a tragic plane crash on August 8, 1998in Nevadanear Great Basin National Park.cite book |last=Boone |first=Jerry F. |title= [http://books.google.com/books?id=QNZO2NUZGxkC Mark Martin: The Racer's Racer] |year=2006 |publisher=MotorBooks/MBI Publishing Company |isbn=076032543X |pages=pp.106] Martin enjoys listening to rap music. [ [http://www.motorsport.com/news/article.asp?ID=218289&FS=NASCAR-CUP Martin's rap anthem to debut at All-Star weekend] ] Martin is also an avid pilot and flies his personal jet to and from races. He also currently owns two car dealerships. Mark Martin Chevroletlocated in Melbourne, Arkansasand another, Mark Martin Ford- Mercury (automobile), in Batesville, Arkansas. [ [http://www.markmartinfordmercury.com/ Mark Martin Ford-Mercury] ]
* [http://www.markmartin.com Mark Martin's Official Website]
* [http://www.racing-reference.info/driver?id=martima01 Mark Martin's NASCAR statistics]
* [http://msn.foxsports.com/nascar/cup/driver?statsId=4 Mark Martin on FoxSports]
* [http://www.markmartinchevy.com/ Mark Martin Chevrolet Dealership]
* [http://www.nascar.com/drivers/dps/mmartin00/cup/index.html Mark Martin's Driver page at NASCAR.com]
* [http://www.mattmartin.net Matt Martin's Official Website (Mark's son)]
* [http://multimedia.foxsports.com/car-racing/nascar/drivers/mark-martin.htm Mark Martin on FoxSports Video Archive]
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