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Mark Martin

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Born: 9 January 1959
Hometown:  Batesville, Arkansas, USA

A former NASCAR driver, commonly known as "the best driver to never win a Winston Cup championship."

Biography

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Mark Martin page on 6 September 2018, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Mark Anthony Martin is a retired American stock car racing driver. He last drove the No. 14 Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series as a relief driver in August 2013. As of 2014, he had the second most wins in what is now the Xfinity Series with 49. He finished second in the Sprint Cup Series standings five times, and has been described by ESPN as "The best driver to never win a championship." Martin, with five IROC Championships, has more than any other driver. Also, during the 2005 season, Martin took over the all-time record for IROC wins, with 13.

Martin was born in Batesville, Arkansas. He began his racing career as a young man on the dirt tracks of Arkansas. He moved on to asphalt racing and joined the ASA racing series. During his ASA career, Martin raced against Dick Trickle, Jim Sauter, Joe Shear, and Bobby Allison. He won Rookie of the Year in 1977. Martin won twenty-two ASA races and four championships, in 1978, 1979, 1980, and 1986.

Martin resided mainly in Daytona Beach, Florida, with his wife Arlene throughout his racing career. He has five children (four of whom are from his wife's first marriage). His son Matt raced for a time in lower series but quit after 2008. Martin's father, stepmother and half-sister died in a plane crash on August 8, 1998 in Nevada near Great Basin National Park. He won at Bristol two weeks after the incident. He also currently owns four car dealerships, including Mark Martin Chevrolet located in Melbourne, Arkansas and another, Mark Martin Ford and Museum, in Batesville, Arkansas.

Martin and his wife, Arlene, currently reside in his hometown of Batesville, Arkansas.


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Mark Martin ASA Silver Creek Racing Series Car ASA Silver Creek Racing Series
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1988 Mark Martin Car at the 1988 Champion Spark Plug 400 1988 Champion Spark Plug 400
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1988 Mark Martin Car at the 1988 Champion Spark Plug 400 1988 Champion Spark Plug 400
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1988 Mark Martin Car at the 1988 Champion Spark Plug 400 1988 Champion Spark Plug 400
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1988 Mark Martin Car at the 1988 Champion Spark Plug 400 1988 Champion Spark Plug 400
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Mark Martin ASA Racing 1989 Pontiac Excitement 200 1989 Pontiac Excitement 200 (ASA Racing)
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Mark Martin ASA Racing 1989 Pontiac Excitement 200 1989 Pontiac Excitement 200 (ASA Racing)
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Mark Martin ASA Racing 1989 Pontiac Excitement 200 1989 Pontiac Excitement 200 (ASA Racing)
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1989 Mark Martin Car at the 1989 Champion Spark Plug 400 1989 Champion Spark Plug 400
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1992 Mark Martin Daytona 500 Model 1992 Daytona 500
Photo ©2011 Bill Crittenden
C.A.R.S. in Miniature January 2011 After Christmas Banquet
January 8, 2011
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1992 Mark Martin Daytona 500 Model 1992 Daytona 500
Photo ©2011 Bill Crittenden
C.A.R.S. in Miniature January 2011 After Christmas Banquet
January 8, 2011
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Mark Martin 1992
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Photo ©1992 John Walczak
All Rights Reserved.  Used with permission.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway NASCAR Tire Test
June 23, 1992
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Mark Martin 1992
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Photo ©1992 John Walczak
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Indianapolis Motor Speedway NASCAR Tire Test
June 23, 1992
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Mark Martin 1992
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Photo ©1992 John Walczak
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Indianapolis Motor Speedway NASCAR Tire Test
June 23, 1992
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Mark Martin 1992
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Photo ©1992 John Walczak
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Indianapolis Motor Speedway NASCAR Tire Test
June 23, 1992
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Mark Martin 1992
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Photo ©1992 John Walczak
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Indianapolis Motor Speedway NASCAR Tire Test
June 23, 1992
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Mark Martin 1993 Ford Thunderbird 1993 Ford Thunderbird
Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
2009 Summer NNL hosted by GTR Auto Modelers
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Mark Martin 1993 Ford Thunderbird 1993 Ford Thunderbird
Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
2009 Summer NNL hosted by GTR Auto Modelers
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Mark Martin 1993 Ford Thunderbird 1993 Ford Thunderbird
Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
2009 Summer NNL hosted by GTR Auto Modelers
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Mark Martin 1994 Miller 400 1994 Miller 400
Photo by mandj98
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Mark Martin at the 1997 Pocono 500 1997 Pocono 500
Mark Martin was able to rebound from a winless 1996 to post 4 wins in 1997 including his record setting win at Talladega.
Photo by Mike Traverse
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Mark Martin at the 1997 Pocono 500 1997 Pocono 500
Of the most used paint schemes on the Valvoline #6 over the years, this was the one I liked the best.
Photo by Mike Traverse
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Mark Martin 2005 O'Reilly 300 2005 O'Reilly 300
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Stacey Pardini
No. 44 Team Coast Guard Racing car driver Justin Labonte and Mark Martin stand the back of a truck after just completing the driver introduction lap at the O'Reilly 300 NASCAR Busch Series race on April 16 at the Texas Motor Speedway.
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Mark Martin 2005 Pepsi 400 2005 Pepsi 400
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Mark Martin 2006 Checker Auto Parts 500 2006 Checker Auto Parts 500
Photo by "BHFeller"
Exiting garage for Happy Hour practice
November 11, 2006
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Mark Martin 2007 Samsung 500 2007 Samsung 500
Photo by U.S. Army Racing
Mr. Mark Martin earned a third-place finish in Sunday's Samsung 500 Nextel Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway.
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Mark Martin 2007 Samsung 500 2007 Samsung 500
Photo by U.S. Army Racing
Mr. Mark Martin earned a third-place finish in Sunday's Samsung 500 Nextel Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway.
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2009 Coca-Cola 600 - Mark Martin 2009 Coca-Cola 600
Photo courtesy Tequila Mike
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2009 Coca-Cola 600 - Mark Martin 2009 Coca-Cola 600
Photo courtesy Tequila Mike
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2012 Kobalt Tools 400 - Mark Martin 2012 Kobalt Tools 400
Photo courtesy Brian Neudorff
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2012 Kobalt Tools 400 - Mark Martin 2012 Kobalt Tools 400
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2012 Kobalt Tools 400 - Mark Martin 2012 Kobalt Tools 400
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2012 Kobalt Tools 400 - Mark Martin 2012 Kobalt Tools 400
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2012 Kobalt Tools 400 - Mark Martin 2012 Kobalt Tools 400
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2012 Kobalt Tools 400 - Mark Martin & Jack Roush 2012 Kobalt Tools 400, speaking to Jack Roush
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Merchandise

Type & Item #NameDetails
Die Cast - Action C248316058-1#6 Jim Magill1:24 scale 1983 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, Bank, Production 6,500
Die Cast - Action W248316058-2#01 Enduro by Activision1:24 scale 1983 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, Production 7,008
Die Cast - Action W248316058-2#01 Enduro by Activision1:24 scale 1983 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, Production 7,008
Collector Card - 1992 Maxx 6Mark Martin#6 Valvoline Ford
Collector Card - 1992 Maxx 2001991 Memorable MomentsMark Martin car fire at the Miller Genuine Draft 400
Collector Card - 1992 Maxx 233All Pro: Mark Martin (Driver)#6 Folgers Ford
Collector Card - 1992 Maxx 293Race 29: AtlantaHardee's 500
Mark Martin #6 Folgers Ford
Collector Card - 1996 Upper Deck Road to the Cup RC3Mark Martin#6 Valvoline Ford Thunderbird
Collector Card - 1996 Upper Deck Road to the Cup RC52Screamin' Steel: Mark Martin Valvoline#6 Valvoline Ford Thunderbird
Collector Card - 1996 Upper Deck Road to the Cup RC91Changin' Gears: Mark Martin#6 Valvoline Ford Thunderbird
Collector Card - 1996 Upper Deck Road to the Cup RC1261995 Award Winners: Mark Martin (4th in Pts.)#6 Valvoline Ford Thunderbird


Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
18 January 2003NASCAR Winston Cup PreviewMark Martin
7 September 2004NASCAR Media ConferenceKasey Kahne
Mark Martin
10 September 2004NASCAR Media ConferenceKevin Harvick
Dale Jarrett
Jimmie Johnson
Bobby Labonte
Mark Martin
Jeremy Mayfield
Jamie McMurray
16 November 2004NASCAR Media ConferenceKurt Busch
Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
Jeff Gordon
Jimmie Johnson
Mark Martin
19 November 2004NASCAR Media ConferenceKurt Busch
Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
Jeff Gordon
Jimmie Johnson
Mark Martin
24 January 2005NASCAR Media Conference: A Look Back & a Look AheadKurt Busch
Brian France
Kasey Kahne
Mark Martin
Richard Petty
Darrell Waltrip
22 May 2005Martin claims victory in CharlotteWikinews
14 June 2005NASCAR Media ConferenceMark Martin
16 January 2006NASCAR Media ConferenceCarl Edwards
Mark Martin
17 February 2006NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series: GM FlexFuel 250Todd Bodine
Erik Darnell
Mark Martin
Ted Musgrave
16 May 2006NASCAR Media ConferenceMark Martin
10 July 2006NASCAR Media ConferenceKasey Kahne
Matt Kenseth
Mark Martin
10 October 2006NASCAR Media ConferenceMark Martin
20 March 2007Ginn Racing Media ConferenceRicky Carmichael
Mark Martin
Regan Smith
18 February 2007NASCAR Nextel Cup Series: Daytona 500Todd Berrier
Jeff Burton
Richard Childress
Kevin Harvick
Mark Martin
David Ragan
10 April 2007NASCAR Media ConferenceMark Martin
16 April 2007Army Driver Continues Impressive Start, Finishes Third in Texas U.S. Army Racing
17 November 2007NASCAR Busch Series: Ford 300Matt Kenseth
Mark Martin
David Ragan
3 May 2008NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Crown Royal Presents The Dan Lowry 400Mark Martin
20 May 2008NASCAR Media ConferenceMark Martin
26 July 2008NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Allstate 400 at The BrickyardJimmie Johnson
Mark Martin
17 January 2009NASCAR Preseason Fan FestivalMark Martin
25 March 2009NASCAR Media ConferenceMark Martin
18 April 2009NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Subway Fresh Fit 500Alan Gustafson
Mark Martin
9 May 2009NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Southern 500 presented by GoDaddy.comAlan Gustafson
Mark Martin
12 May 2009The Grey Fox Goes Old School To Win The Southern 500Lemmy Gibson
14 June 2009NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: LifeLock 400Alan Gustafson
Rick Hendrick
Mark Martin
11 July 2009NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: LifeLock.com 400Alan Gustafson
Rick Hendrick
Mark Martin
25 July 2009NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Allstate 400 at the BrickyardMark Martin
26 July 2009NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Allstate 400 at the BrickyardMark Martin
22 August 2009NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Sharpie 500Marcos Ambrose
Mark Martin
12 September 2009NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Chevy Rock & Roll 400Kurt Busch
Mark Martin
Ryan Newman
17 September 2009NASCAR Media ConferenceCarl Edwards
Mark Martin
Tony Stewart
Brian Vickers
20 September 2009NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Sylvania 300Alan Gustafson
Mark Martin
27 September 2009NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: AAA 400Matt Kenseth
Mark Martin
4 October 2009NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Price Chopper 400 presented by Kraft FoodsGreg Biffle
Jeff Gordon
Mark Martin
19 November 2009NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Championship Contenders ConferenceRick Hendrick
Jimmie Johnson
Mark Martin
22 November 2009NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Ford 400Mark Martin
15 January 2010NASCAR Preseason Thunder Fan FestMark Martin
7 September 2010NASCAR Media ConferenceMark Martin
24 October 2010NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: TUMS Fast Relief 500Jimmie Johnson
Mark Martin
7 November 2010NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: AAA Texas 500Mark Martin
10 May 2011NASCAR Media ConferenceMark Martin
15 May 2011NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: FedEx 400 benefiting Autism SpeaksMark Martin
12 January 2012NASCAR Preseason Thunder at DaytonaMark Martin
14 April 2012NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Samsung Mobile 500Jimmie Johnson
Mark Martin
10 June 2012NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Pocono 400 presented by #NASCARMark Martin
30 September 2012NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: AAA 400Jeff Gordon
Mark Martin
8 February 2013NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony: Cotton Owens (Part 2/5)Mark Martin
Kyle Owens
David Pearson
24 February 2013NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Daytona 500Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
Mark Martin
Danica Patrick
19 August 2013NASCAR Media ConferenceMark Martin
Michael Waltrip
Greg Zipadelli
15 June 2016In Honor of 2017 NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductee Mark MartinCongressional Record: Rep. Richard Hudson


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