Texas to see new scheme on Martin's Ford

MARTIN TO GO RETRO FOR TEXAS No. 6 Viagra* Ford will sport first of four special commemorative paint schemes at Texas CONCORD, N.C. (April 13, 2005) -- As a part of his "Salute To You" Tour Mark Martin's No. 6 Viagra* (sildenafil citrate) Ford...

MARTIN TO GO RETRO FOR TEXAS
No. 6 Viagra* Ford will sport first of four special commemorative paint schemes at Texas

CONCORD, N.C. (April 13, 2005) -- As a part of his "Salute To You" Tour Mark Martin's No. 6 Viagra* (sildenafil citrate) Ford will sport an old familiar look this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, when Martin and the team take a step back into the past with a Retro-89 paint scheme. The scheme will showcase Martin's first Roush Racing paint scheme from the 1988 and '89 seasons. It is also the scheme that Martin ran at his first Cup win at Rockingham in the fall of 1989.

The scheme will no doubt bring back memories for the veteran, who is running his last full-time Cup season this year.

"That car will likely bring back a lot of memories," said Martin. "It's going to be pretty cool to revisit that time. We were young and kind of raw and had a lot of success in front of us in those years. We ran second something like six times before we finally broke through and got that first win at Rockingham. I remember it being as much of a relief as a celebration, because we had finally done it."

The scheme, along with its block style numbering, ran two seasons for Martin, who posted 17 top-fives, 28 top 10's and his first Winston Cup win during that span. In addition Martin finished third in the point standings in 1989, the final year of the scheme.

"It's going to be great to incorporate that car with the Viagra* car," added Martin. "It's kind of like bringing together the old and the new. It's also a chance to pay tribute to all of the guys who've worked on these cars over the years, including the people who helped Jack and I get this thing rolling. It's also a tribute to all of the fans who have been with us for all of these years since we first ran that scheme.

"I'm excited about it," added Martin. "We were only able to take that scheme to victory lane once back then. Hopefully we can make it twice this weekend."

RETRO '89 STATS

Races -- Two seasons

Highlights -- Martin's first cup paint scheme with Roush Racing--Ran the scheme in 1988 and '89. ..Registered 17 top-five and 28 top-10's--Was on the car for Martin's first career Winston Cup win on Oct. 22, 1989 at Rockingham--Finished third in the points in 1989.

Roush Racing is a subsidiary of Livonia, Mich., based Roush Industries that operates ten motorsports teams; five in NASCAR Nextel Cup with drivers Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch, Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards; three in the Busch Series with Martin, Kenseth and Edwards, and two in the Craftsman Truck Series with drivers Ricky Craven and Todd Kluever.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Greg Biffle , Kurt Busch , Ricky Craven , Carl Edwards , Todd Kluever , Mark Martin