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Martin to drive for Turner in select N'wide races

Posted on: January 12, 2011 10:12 am
Turner Motorsports press release:

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (January 12, 2011) – Turner Motorsports is pleased to announce the addition of racing legend, Mark Martin, to its 2011 driver line-up. Martin will pilot the No. 32 Dollar General Impala in NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) events at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Auto Club Speedway, Michigan International Speedway and Kentucky Speedway with crew chief, Trent Owens, calling the shots. He will also drive the No. 32 Silverado in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) races at Michigan International Speedway and Pocono Raceway.

“I’m excited to be running back in the Nationwide and Truck Series again,” said Martin. “Everyone at Dollar General and Turner Motorsports has been great and I’m looking forward to hitting the track with them next year. Working with Turner [Motorsports], I get to extend my relationship with Chevrolet and continue to have Hendrick horsepower under the hood which is really, really good.”

Martin brings unparalleled experience to Turner Motorsports. With a NASCAR career spanning 30 years, he has 40 wins in 794 Sprint Cup Series starts, holds the all-time Nationwide Series records for most wins (48) and most pole positions (30), and seven wins in 23 NCWTS starts. In 2006, motorsports media members acknowledged his accomplishments by naming him the greatest Nationwide Series driver of all-time. Martin continues to compete full-time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports machine.

“The races we picked for both series are personal favorites of mine. I’d love to win another truck race, and I’ve got to get back to Victory Lane in the Dollar General car so I can keep Kyle [Busch] from breaking my Nationwide Series record,” Martin joked.

Martin has experienced tremendous success at the tracks at which he will compete for Turner Motorsports. In five Nationwide Series starts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Martin has three wins, four top-fives, five top-10s and two pole awards to his credit. In only two Nationwide starts at Auto Club Speedway, he has earned one win and a third-place finish. At Michigan International Speedway, he has two wins, eight top-five and nine top-10 finishes and one pole position in his 11 starts. Martin will make his Nationwide Series debut when the team travels to Kentucky Speedway in July.

Team owner, Steve Turner, is very pleased with the experience that Martin brings with him and has high expectations for his organization in 2011.

“We are thrilled to announce the addition of Mark Martin to our stable of drivers,” commented Turner. “Mark [Martin] shares my same passion for helping groom young talent and has expressed interest in helping us get our young drivers to the NASCAR Sprint Cup level. I can’t think of a better mentor than Mark Martin. Everyone at Turner Motorsports knows the value and experience he brings to our organization and we are all delighted to have him join our team. We look forward to getting Mark [Martin] and Dollar General into the winners circle in 2011.”


Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: January 16, 2011 11:16 pm

Martin to drive for Turner in select N'wide races

He isn't running a full-slate of races in the NW or Truck series....only a few here and there

Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: January 14, 2011 4:42 pm

Martin to drive for Turner in select N'wide races

This is interesting.  Any chance that Martin is going to elect to race for the Nationwide title when he fills out his form this year?  The way this reads, it sounds like he'll be running a full slate of NW car and truck races.  This is his last year with the Hendrick team right?  One last shot at the Sprint Cup title--or were the last two years really his "go for it" ones?  It just seems odd (looking at it from a $$$ standpoint) for a top racer to commit to a league which has just announced that he can't compete for the title in (if he stays with the Sprint Cup choice).

Since: Mar 16, 2007
Posted on: January 12, 2011 7:37 pm

Martin to drive for Turner in select N'wide races

I'm really excited to see this. I have fond memories of seeing him in Nationwide and Trucks and I am glad to see him back in there and look forward to several victories next season!

Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: January 12, 2011 2:37 pm

Martin to drive for Turner in select N'wide races

This is great not only for Turner Motorsports, but NASCAR in general.  Martin has always been that veteran guy in the garage giving to advice to anyone that wants it.  With him participating in the nationwide series and truck series this coming season, more of the up and coming drivers can give to a listen to what he has to say.  Mark Martin is a legend in the sport, both as a driver and a mentor.  Good luck to Martin in 2011!

Since: Dec 27, 2010
Posted on: January 12, 2011 11:10 am

Martin to drive for Turner in select N'wide races

Mark Martin is a class act. I thought he was going to retire years ago and he remains full time. It is amazing that he is taking on additional events. One thing I hope Mark teaches the younger drivers is that you do not need to put on a doughnut smoke show when you win a race. He takes a slow victory lap, thanks the crew, the Hendricks organization, and God on the two way and calmly celebrates in victory lane. Good luck Mark, hope to see some wins this season. 

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