Martin will run Busch one more year By Marty Smith CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Jan. 14, 1999) After 13 years of sheer excellence in the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division, Mark Martin is calling it quits following the NASCAR 2000 season in ...
Martin will run Busch one more year By Marty Smith
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Jan. 14, 1999) After 13 years of sheer excellence in the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division, Mark Martin is calling it quits following the NASCAR 2000 season in order to focus solely on NASCAR Winston Cup. In order to commemorate Martin's final year in the NASCAR Busch Series, Martin will run a special paint scheme in NASCAR 2000 that captures the greatest moments in his career.
"There have been years in my career when Busch racing was the only thing that brought be success," said Martin, who will pilot the No. 60 Winn-Dixie Ford in 14 races this season. "This series has been good to me over the 13 years I have competed in it. Jack Roush noticed me after winning my first race at Dover in 1987 and offered me the opportunity to drive his Winston Cup car. I've gained a lot from the Busch Series and I'm honored to be in their record books."
He ought to be. He owns them, practically. In 187 career starts, Martin has tallied a series record 40 wins to go along with 81 top-5s and 109 top-10s. Second place on the wins chart belongs to Jack Ingram, who won only 31 races. Martin surpassed Ingram's then-series record at North Carolina Speedway in October 1997, and has since added nine trips to Victory Lane to that total.
Martin's banner year in the NASCAR Busch Series was 1993. During that stellar campaign, he won seven races in just 14 starts. He almost matched that, however, with six wins in 14 starts last year.
"It was a tough decision to retire from the Busch Series on a regular basis," Martin said. "I am at the point in my career that I am ready to just focus on my Winston Cup efforts."
To bolster that statement, Martin went on to say that he'd extended his contract with Roush Racing through 2005.
"I don't have any plans of retiring from racing altogether for quite awhile," he said. "I will miss competing in the Busch Series. I have raced against some really good drivers and it is and excellent source to find some of the upcoming starts of the sport."