Martin Brings Hall of Fame Career Back to Texas Motor Speedway Veteran set to make 15th Cup start at Texas MOORESVILLE, N.C. (April 2, 2008) -- Mark Martin will make his 15th career Sprint Cup start at Texas this weekend, but his first as...
Martin Brings Hall of Fame Career Back to Texas Motor Speedway
Veteran set to make 15th Cup start at Texas
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (April 2, 2008) -- Mark Martin will make his 15th career Sprint Cup start at Texas this weekend, but his first as a member of the Texas Motor Speedway Hall of Fame.
Martin, who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this week, won at TMS in 1998 and has totaled five top-five and seven top-10 finishes in 14 starts at the track. In addition, the Dale Earnhardt Inc. driver boasts three wins and four top-five finishes in the Nationwide Series at Texas.
"It's really a great honor to be recognized for what we have been able to achieve at Texas," said Martin. "I've always enjoyed going there. It's one of my favorite tracks on the circuit and it was an obvious choice to keep on my schedule. We won there in 1998 and we've had some really solid runs there the last few years. Hopefully we can keep that going this weekend with this No. 8 U.S. Army team."
Martin, who finished third a year ago at Texas, will make his return to the track this weekend after taking off the last two races at Bristol and Martinsville. Aric Almirola, Martin's co-driver in the No. 8 U.S. Army Chevrolet, finished eighth at Bristol, then qualified third at Martinsville and had a strong run going before falling out late in the race with a punctured radiator.
"Aric did a tremendous job in those races," said Martin. "He is a very talented driver and it was great to be able to watch him run well in the car. We had a lot of hope for Aric when we brought him on board and he has proven what he can do behind the wheel of the car. Now it's my turn to get back out there and see if we can keep this No. 8 team headed in the right direction."
"This really is a great race team," added Martin. "Tony Gibson and these guys on this No. 8 U.S. Army Team are all pure racers. These guys love to race and they love to run up front. They go to the track each week looking to run well and contend to win races. I love what I have seen so far and I really look forward to getting more time in with these guys. We have some pretty good tracks coming up and I'm excited to see what we can do."
Martin, who has finished 92.9 percent of the Cup laps turned at Texas, has logged over 6,500 miles at TMS. One of only five drivers to have competed in all 14 races at Texas Motor Speedway, Martin has led in seven of his 14 starts at the track. In addition, he is tied for the most top five and top 10 career finishes at the track. The veteran will look to expand on those credentials this weekend, and continue to build on what is already a true hall of fame career.