Martin, Dale Earnhardt Inc. Announce 2008 Sprint Cup Schedule; Daytona 500, Coca-Cola 600 and Brickyard 400 highlight Martin's 26-event schedule
Mooresville, N.C. (Jan. 7, 2008) -- Mark Martin will race in 26 Sprint Cup events in 2008, including 24 point races and two non-point events. Martin will kick off the 2008 season and his tenure in the No. 8 U.S. Army/Dale Earnhardt Inc. Chevrolet with his record-extending 20th-consecutive Budweiser Shootout. Highlights of Martin's 2008 schedule include the 50th running of the Daytona 500, the Coca-Cola 600, Brickyard 400 and Sprint Cup All-Star event.
Martin will share the No. 8 ride with rookie Aric Almirola, who will run the remaining 12 events in the car. Martin will enter in the first four point races of the season before handing the wheel over to Almirola at Bristol (March 16) and Martinsville (March 30).
"I think it's going to be an exciting season," said Martin, who will enter his 26th year of Cup racing. "I'm so excited to be behind the wheel of the No. 8 U.S. Army Chevrolet and to be working with Tony Gibson (crew chief) and the No. 8 Team. It's an incredible honor to drive the No. 8 car for Dale Earnhardt Inc. and we are excited about moving into the season.
"Those guys on this team really had some fast cars a year ago, and we are looking to build on that. Our goal is to be competitive and race up front this season."
Martin will compete in both the Budweiser Shootout and Daytona 500 before making his 700th career start at California Speedway in February.
Martin has combined for 156 top-five, 246 top-10s and 21 wins at the 16 tracks that make up his 2008 schedule. In addition, he has one win in the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona (1999) and two wins in the Nextel All-Star Challenge (1998 and 2005).
MARK MARTIN'S 2008 SPRINT CUP SCHEDULE
Feb. 9 Budweiser Shootout/Daytona International Speedway
Feb. 17 Daytona 500
Feb. 24 California Speedway
Mar. 2 Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Mar. 9 Atlanta Motor Speedway
Apr. 6 Texas Motor Speedway
Apr. 12 Phoenix International Raceway
May 3 Richmond International Raceway
May 10 Darlington Raceway
May 17 Sprint All-Star Challenge (Lowe's)
May 25 Coca-Cola 600/Lowe's Motor Speedway
June 1 Dover International Raceway
June 8 Pocono Raceway
June 15 Michigan International Speedway
July 5 Daytona International Speedway
July 12 Chicagoland Speedway
July 27 Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Aug 3 Pocono Raceway
Aug. 17 Michigan International Speedway
Sept. 6 Richmond International Raceway
Sept. 21 Dover International Raceway
Sept. 28 Kansas Speedway
Oct. 11 Lowe's Motor Speedway
Oct. 26 Atlanta Motor Speedway
Nov. 2 Texas Motor Speedway
Nov. 16 Homestead-Miami Speedway