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Mark Martin possibly headed to Waltrip in 2012

Posted on: November 1, 2011 11:32 am
Edited on: November 1, 2011 12:24 pm
By Pete Pistone

The puzzle pieces for the 2012 season continue to fall into place with the latest speculation putting Mark Martin in the Michael Waltrip Racing stable for a partial schedule next year.

Martin Truex Jr. will return to drive MWR's NAPA Toyota with newcomer Clint Bowyer coming on board in a partner Toyota entry carrying 5-Hour Energy sponsorship for the bulk of the campaign.

The Charlotte Observer and the Associated Press both report it appears sponsorship for the No. 00 entry driven by David Reutimann will not be in place for the entire 2012 schedule opening the door for Martin to take over and compete on a partial basis.

Martin, who will leave Hendrick Motorsports at season's end, has indicated his desire to remain active in the sport next season but until now has been coy about his plans.

“I love what I do and just want to make sure my fans know I’m not quitting, so we’ll worry about it later when the time comes,” Martin has said repeatedly when asked about his 2012 plan. 

Michael Waltrip Racing has an announcement planned Friday at Texas Motor Speedway where it is expected the team's firm 2012 plans will be unveiled.

Martin’s business manager, Benny Ertel, told Sirius/XM NASCAR Radio's "Sirius Speedway" that Martin has no signed deals in place for next year; with MWR or anyone else. “We’ve had conversations with probably 15 teams,” said Ertel. “We’re working very, very hard to find something for next year, but we do not have a done deal with anyone at present. We’re talking to a lot of people, we’ve had conversations with half the garage, in all three divisions.” He conceded that MWR is one of the operations with whom Martin has spoken.

“Stewart Haas has a press conference at noon today,” said Ertel. “Michael Waltrip has one Friday in Texas. We’d love to be part of either of those announcements, but at this moment, we do not have a done deal.”

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Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2011 8:32 pm

Mark Martin possibly headed to Waltrip in 2012

No one on here is a bigger Martin fan than I am. He seems to have no drive to win and needs to hang it up. You can be put in the best ride but if you don't have the inner drive----little E---you're just a field filler. Here's a guy that has run in the top 10 about 70% of his races yet the last few years he runs 20th all day, why? He really doesn't care to win a Championship. You're a class act Mark and one of the best drivers ever but it's time to go.

Since: Aug 17, 2008
Posted on: November 1, 2011 5:31 pm

Mark Martin possibly headed to Waltrip in 2012

I realize Mark is one of these guys who will never give it up, it's part of him. Hate that it would come at David's or anyones expense. Mark had his time, David is not young and only has a couple years of being competitive left, hope he keeps his ride full time.

Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2011 1:06 pm

Mark Martin possibly headed to Waltrip in 2012

I hate seeing David get not being able to run the entire season in the 00.  Hopefully, this doesn't mean David is gone from MWR as he has the companies only 2 wins, but I can see if Mark Martin is bringing in the sponsorship and they want him to drive when the car runs that paint scheme, in todays enviroment we may be seeing the start of a trend. 

Drivers who bring partial sponsorship, to team to drive.

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