STORYBOOK HISTORY FOR MARTIN AT MICHIGAN CONCORD, N.C. (June 16, 2005) - Mark Martin is one of NASCAR's most talented seasoned veterans, and his record at Michigan International Speedway attests to that. Martin has competed in 38 consecutive...
STORYBOOK HISTORY FOR MARTIN AT MICHIGAN
CONCORD, N.C. (June 16, 2005) - Mark Martin is one of NASCAR's most talented seasoned veterans, and his record at Michigan International Speedway attests to that. Martin has competed in 38 consecutive races at MIS, and taken his team to victory lane four times. Martin has completed almost 7,000 laps at Michigan during his impressive career in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series.
Qualifying at Michigan has never been much of a problem for Martin. Although he's had only one pole at the 2-mile track, Martin has started in the top-5 a total of 15 times over his 38 race career at the speedway, and five other times he has started in the top-10. His one pole came in the Miller Genuine Draft 400 in June of 1990, where he ended the day in the fourth position.
Martin had an impressive run of starting positions beginning in 1989, when he qualified in the top five for a string of eight straight races until 1993. The excellent starting positions led to a win, three top-10 finishes and eight top-5 finishes in the four years between '89-'92. Martin's worst finish during that eight race period was 12th.
In the past two years at Michigan, Martin has an average starting position of 20th, with last year's Michigan 400 spring race resulting in a 15th place starting position for the No. 6 Viagra® (sildenafil citrate) team.
But it is Martin's finishes that are the real proof of his talent and consistency at the two-mile track. Only five of his 38 races at Michigan has Martin not been running at the finish. In four of those 38 races, Martin and his team were celebrating in victory lane after the race. Fourteen times he has made the trip to the media center with a top-five finish under his belt, and 11 times he has brought home a solid top-10 finish at the Brooklyn track.
In 1990, Martin began a string of almost nine years worth of consecutive top 10 finishes at MIS, which was interrupted by one race in the fall of 1995 when he finished 38th because of an engine failure. The majority of the finishes at MIS during that string of 20 races were top-5s, and all four of his wins came in those nine years.
This weekend, Martin will run in his 39th race at MIS, with a special paint scheme to promote Warner Bros. new movie Batman Begins, which opens in theatres June 15. Martin will carry the famous 'Batwings' on the hood of his car, and the skyline of Gotham City on the sides. The Warner Bros. movie is also the title sponsor of this weekend's event at MIS, as the race will be called the Batman Begins 400.