Mark Martin returns to ASA at Atlanta

Martin To Make Return To Asa Series in Atlanta World Financial Group will be on board as Martin makes a return to his roots of racing "This series is and will always be special to me," said Martin. "It's really where cut my teeth in racing. It's...

Martin To Make Return To Asa Series in Atlanta
World Financial Group will be on board as Martin makes a return to his roots of racing

"This series is and will always be special to me," said Martin. "It's really where cut my teeth in racing. It's where I learned so much about racing and I was able to take that and move on and go on to accomplish at lot of things and I'll always be grateful to the series for that."

CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 6, 2004) -- Mark Martin will make a return to the series where he won four championships from 1978-86. Martin cut his teeth in the American Speed Association Series, winning Rookie of the Year honors in 1978, before moving on to multiple championships in the series and eventually making a name for himself as one of NASCAR's all-time elite drivers.

Martin will take a break from his hectic NASCAR schedule and make a return to his roots when he drives the World Financial No. 6 Ford in ASA at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Oct. 29. It will mark Martin's first time in an ASA race since 1996.

Martin tore through the series in the late 70's and early 80's, running up four championships, 22 wins, 40 poles, 80 top-five and 95 top-10 finishes and leading 4,690 laps before moving on to one of the most successful careers in NASCAR Nextel Cup history.

"We are all excited and pumped up about running the ASA car in Atlanta. We will be doing the triple that weekend with the ASA race on Friday, the Busch race Saturday and the Cup race on Sunday. That will be a busy weekend for sure.

"I have a great affinity for this series. It's a world-class series with world-class drivers that put on an extremely competitive show and I think they'll really put a show on at both Lowe's and Atlanta."

Martin has tallied 34 Nextel Cup and 45 Busch Series victories, but he's quick to give credit to ASA for helping to make him the driver he is today.

"It's really where I cut my teeth in racing," said Martin. "It's where I learned so much about racing and I was able to take that and move on and go on to accomplish at lot of things and I'll always be grateful to the series for that."

Martin's last run in ASA came on Sept. 2, 1996 where he ran to a top-10 finish at the Minnesota State Fair. Martin has finished inside the top 10 in 66 percent of the 143 ASA races he has started.

Martin's sponsor for the race will be World Financial Group, Inc. (WFG). World Financial Group is an independent marketing company whose affiliates offer life insurance and a broad array of financial products and services. Through its thousands of independent associates in the United States and Canada, World Financial Group strives to help individuals and families who are often overlooked by the financial services industry to plan for their financial futures and work toward their goals no matter what their income.

"We'll have World Financial Group on the car and we are really looking forward to that as well," said Martin. "They are a first class organization and we are happy that they are going to be with us for our return to the series.

"World Financial Group and Mark Martin share the same values - a dedication to quality and the drive to be the best. World Financial Group is proud to be associated with Mark Martin Performance and honored to be sponsoring Mark in his landmark return to ASA," said Tim Stonehocker, president & CEO of World Financial Group, Inc.

Unlike other companies that may offer financial products and services from one or two companies, World Financial Group believes in the power of choice for clients. World Financial Group has agreements with more than 70 separate insurance and financial services companies, giving WFG associates the opportunity to offer clients a wide variety of products and services so they can choose the ones that best fit their needs. World Financial Group and its exclusive broker-dealer World Group securities, Inc. are both members of a respected corporate family - the AEGON Group. AEGON is one of the world's leading insurance, pension and related financial services organizations with assets of more than $295 billion, according to the 2003 AEGON Annual Report.

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

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Series NASCAR , Stock car
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Greg Biffle , Kurt Busch , Jon Wood , Carl Edwards , Mark Martin