Watkins Glen: Mark Martin pre-race notes

MARTIN'S RECORD AT THE GLEN NOTHING SHORT OF PHENOMENAL CONCORD, N.C. (August 10, 2005)- Mark Martin stats at Watkins Glen International Raceway are to say the least impressive. Martin has three wins at the New York road course, getting them...

MARTIN'S RECORD AT THE GLEN NOTHING SHORT OF PHENOMENAL

CONCORD, N.C. (August 10, 2005)- Mark Martin stats at Watkins Glen International Raceway are to say the least impressive.

Martin has three wins at the New York road course, getting them in back-to-back-to-back fashion in the mid 1990s. Not only did the wins come three-years-in-a-row, but they also all came from Bud pole starting positions.

Martin got his three poles at The Glen in the same three races he went on to win in. Martin ties Dale Earnhardt with the most poles at the Glen, and the two are the only drivers with three poles there. In addition to his three poles, he has eight top-five starts, eleven top-10 starts, and an average starting spot of seventh.

That means three wins and three poles for three years in a row. In all three of those wins, Martin lead a total of 183 laps: Forty-seven in the '93 race, 75 in the '94 race, and 61 in the '95 race.

The seasoned veteran has 17 starts at the 2.45-mile track, and in those 17 starts there, he has finished in the top-five a remarkable 12 times. Chalk up his top-10's at the Glen to 15, and you've got a top-ten finishing Martin 88 percent of the time. That means there are only two races in which Martin has not finished in the top-10.

Perhaps a more incredible feat than the three wins from the pole and the fifteen top-10 finishes is the fact that Martin has no DNF's at the Watkins Glen International Raceway. He has completed 1,487 of 1,491 laps there, giving him a 99.7 percent lap-completion average at the 11-turn track. His average finish at the Glen is sixth.

Even Jeff Gordon, who has the most wins there with four, doesn't beat Martin's record number of laps led at the Glen: A noteworthy 204.

Martin also holds the track's race record speed, one of 103.030 mph, which has stuck since he set it in August of 1995.

As one could imagine, Martin likes going road course racing.

"It's a lot different than what we normally do and it can be challenging for both the teams and the drivers," Martin says. "We've had a lot of success on the road courses over the years, especially Watkins Glen and we always look forward to going back there each year."

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Jeff Gordon , Mark Martin