BACK TO DRIVE THE FIVE - This weekend is Mark Martin's first and only race of the season driving the No. 5 Lipton Chevrolet for JR Motorsports in the Nationwide Series. In 2008, Martin had five starts in the No. 5 and earned one win (Las Vegas)....
BACK TO DRIVE THE FIVE - This weekend is Mark Martin's first and only race of the season driving the No. 5 Lipton Chevrolet for JR Motorsports in the Nationwide Series. In 2008, Martin had five starts in the No. 5 and earned one win (Las Vegas). In three of those races he finished inside the top five. His most recent start came at Texas Motor Speedway last fall.
WINNING EARLY AND OFTEN - Martin won in his first Nationwide Series start at Richmond International Raceway in the fall of 1987. The race was his 23rd career start in the NNS and his third career victory. Since then, the 50-year-old has five victories - the most in the NNS at Richmond - 14 top-fives, 19 top-10s, one pole and has led 740 laps at the .75-mile oval.
RADIO CHATTER - In addition to driving the Lipton Chevrolet, Martin will serve as the in-race reporter for the ESPN2 broadcast of the Lipton Tea 250.
AMAZING STATISTICS - Martin will be looking for his 49th Nationwide Series career victory this weekend at RIR. Currently, he owns the most NNS career victories at 48 (1982-2008).
CHASSIS INFO - The No. 5 Lipton team will run chassis 470. Previously, it raced at Phoenix in 2008, where it was driven to a sixth-place finish after a 42nd-place start.
MARK MARTIN (on his first Nationwide Series race of 2009) - "I'm absolutely thrilled to get back behind the wheel of the Lipton Chevy this weekend. Anytime I can go back and race in the Nationwide Series, it means a lot to me. I spent a lot of time racing in this series and it's a lot of fun. It's a great combination of some of the older veterans mixed with the young talent. It makes for some really good racing, especially at Richmond."
MARK MARTIN- (looking at the weekend ahead) "This weekend we really want to perform well in our Lipton Chevrolet. Lipton is also going to be the title sponsor of the race, and they're going to have a bunch of folks at the race. I know Brian [Campe, crew chief] and the guys will bring a great piece to the racetrack, so I'm hoping we get that opportunity to earn a solid finish. It's just a matter of keeping our nose fairly clean for 250 laps and being up front in the end. I can't think of anything better than putting the Lipton Chevy in victory lane after the Lipton Tea 250."