Mark Martin Biography

Mark Martin was born on 9th January 1959 in Batesville AR but now lives in Davtona Florida with his wife and 5 children.

Mark Martin
Mark Martin made a 14-place finish in Sunday's USG Sheetrock 400 Nextel Cup race at Chicagoland Speedway.

Martin started his career as a teenager racing on the dirt tracks in Arkansas. In 1974 he raced in a car built and sponsored by his father. Following his success he joined the ASA racing series and went on to win rookie of the year. He finished his ASA racing career after winning 22 races and 4 championships.

In 1987 Mark decided to give racing in NASCAR a try by racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. After winning in a race in Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware he was spotted by NASCAR race car owner Jack Roush. In 1988 Roush and Martin started a 19 year relationship that would see Martin driving the #6 car.

In the 19 years of racing Marck Martin he has had 40 career NASCAR Cup wins and second in the Sprint Cup Series point standings five times. Unfortunately in all the 19 years of racing for Roush he was unable to capture the championship.

In October 6, 2006 it was announced that Martin would split his time with the Busch Series driver Regan Smith in the Ginn Racing #01 U.S. Army Chevrolet in 2007. This was due to limits imposed by NASCAR which meant that Roush racing could not have a team present for all 20 races he wanted to run in 2007.

In 2007 Martin became the only part-time driver in history to not win the opening race and lead the points standings. In July 25, 2007 Dale Earnhardt announced that he had acquired Ginn Racing and Mark Martin joined him as a driver for DEI starting at the 2007 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard sharing the #01 car with Regan Smith.

The next year on July 4, 2008 Martin and Hendrick Motorsports announced that Martin would replace Casey Mears in the #5 car for the 2009 season.

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References

Mark Martin - Wikipedia
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