MIAMI (Nov. 7, 2000) -- Mark Martin will bring to end an era of dominance in the Busch Grand National Series when he makes his final start in NASCAR's junior circuit in Saturday's Nov. 11 Miami 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Martin, driver of...
MIAMI (Nov. 7, 2000) -- Mark Martin will bring to end an era of dominance in the Busch Grand National Series when he makes his final start in NASCAR's junior circuit in Saturday's Nov. 11 Miami 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Martin, driver of the No. 60 Winn-Dixie Ford fielded by Roush Racing, will leave the series as the all-time winningest driver with 45 victories and more than $2.5 million in earnings.
The reason for his departure from the Busch Series is to enable Martin to solely focus on his Winston Cup schedule with the No. 6 Ford, also fielded by Roush Racing.
"This is a real competitive business and it makes me feel good when we can be successful on the race track. I'm gonna miss that about Busch racing, but I just don't have time to do it anymore," said Martin, who will be pulling double duty this weekend by competing in Sunday's Pennzoil 400. "I will be relieved when I get Miami done with, but at the same time I will miss the success that I've had and the way it makes me feel."
Busch Series regulars aren't rejoicing that Martin is leaving the circuit. The full-time GN drivers are going to miss the education that they received by following in Martin's tire tracks in so many races. "I will miss Mark," said Elton Sawyer, driver of the No. 98 Lysol Ford. "He's a full-time Winston Cup competitor. I don't look at Mark as one of those guys that comes over here and kind of cherry picks.
"He has been in this series for an awful long time and he supported the series when we were running a lot smaller tracks. We know when he shows up that he's the man to beat. I think it makes me better. I know I work a lot harder. I would be extremely proud to challenge him for the win. I will miss him."
Fans can still purchase great seats for both the Nov. 11 Miami 300 and the Nov. 12 Pennzoil 400 by calling (305) 230-RACE, by visiting any Ticketmaster Ticket Center, or by ordering online at the official web site, www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com or www.ticketmaster.com