Mark Martin is not Slowing Down

By Brian Berg Jr.
Credit: Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

Mark Martin is racing again this year only a partial NASCAR Sprint Cup season.  Unlike other drivers who race part time in the series, Mark Martin hasn’t slowed down.  Mark races every race he is entered as if he is running the entire NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.   Mark Martin wins the Coors Light Pole Award at Phoenix International Raceway.

In the first practice at Phoenix International Raceway, Mark Martin wasn’t the fastest, he was the third fastest.  Mark is yet again running a partial schedule.  Last year between himself, Brian Vickers and Michael Waltrip, the no. 55 Toyota was very high in owner points.  There is no need to qualify the car on speed, yet Mark is not done racing.  He may not race the whole season but when he does he does.  No just riding around in circles for Mark.

Mark Martin is 54 years young.  He is enjoying every minute and if you ask him he is honored every day to have the opportunity to do what he does.  It might be easy to dismiss that as talk but when he gets the pole position for a race, when he doesn’t need to, it is not talk it is fact.

When asked about the possibility of being the oldest driver to win a NASCAR pole Mark said, “Whether I was to break that record or not, I look at Harry Gant and don’t feel I measure.  That’s just me. Records don’t mean much.  I have the respect — I was there with him and had the pleasure of racing with him and beat by him on a regular occasion.  We’ll always look at him as someone who accomplished more than I did.  He was the guy I couldn’t beat at the time.  He’s an incredible guy.

Well Mark Martin is one incredible guy, one who we all could emulate in whatever we do.  He is the definition of a Team Player.  When asked about his car in qualifying he said, “Rodney Childers (crew chief) and all the guys on this Aaron’s Dream Machine do such an incredible job.  The car was right on the money.  They started talking about what they were going to do to it for qualifying and I just covered my ears up and left.  They came to me later and said, ‘We weren’t trying to scare you.’  I told them, ‘You just do what you do and I’ll drive it.’  These guys always do such a great job.  This 2013 Camry is just rolling.

This is Mark’s 56th pole and he is now the sole owner of the 7th position in all time NASCAR Sprint Cup series poles above Bill Elliott who is eighth at 55.  He is only two poles away from Bobby Allison and three away from Darrel Waltrip.

Kasey Kahne will start second then Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch and Jeff Gordon.

If you cannot get to Phoenix International Raceway the race will be on FOX Sunday March 3rd at 2:30 PM ET.

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for

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