mark martin retired from cup racing in 2013 at age 54. Today, the 63-year-old enjoys working in his mobile home and traveling across the country with his wife. he also watches the races as a fan and this year he made many of his fans happy when he appeared on the fox broadcast at auto club speedway. This weekend, the NASCAR Hall of Famer will make another return to racing in a very different capacity, and one that most fans would not expect.
mark martin enjoying his retirement
mark martin was inducted into the nascar hall of fame in 2017 after a stellar career that included seven truck series wins, 49 xfinity series wins (second most in history) and 40 xfinity series wins. cup series.
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since he stepped away from competition in 2013, martin has often been asked about his return to racing. each time, he has insisted the chapter is closed.
“I love racing with all my heart. it’s something I’m not interested in doing anymore,” he told nascar.com last year. “I want to do other things. I want another chapter in my life before it closes. and in something that is different from what I did in the last 40 years”.
martin appears in the fox broadcast booth
This year, with Fox employing a rotating lineup of guest analysts working on Cup Series broadcasts with Mike Joy and Clint Bowyer, many fans wondered if Martin might be one of the former drivers in the cockpit.
A fan asked him that question on twitter before the season started.
“I have a few reasons why I wouldn’t like it,” he replied. “I don’t think I’m good at it. I’m afraid I’d be embarrassed. I’m dumb as hell. I love being retired and I already hate sticking to a schedule. I enjoy watching it on TV and letting the experts do a great job. I might try.”
during the second race of the year at auto club speedway, martin appeared in the cockpit during leg two and happily paid bowyer and that week’s guest analyst, matt kenseth.
serving as crew chief this weekend
martin is a humble guy. he certainly isn’t dumb as hell, and his career proved it. he was one of the few drivers who received detailed information about the car setup from him and told the crew all the settings he wanted over the radio during the race.
That’s why this week’s announcement that he would serve as Daniel Dye’s crew chief in a super late-model race didn’t come as a total surprise to many of the former driver’s fans. The 18-year-old Dye, who is a regular at the Arca Menards Series, is competing at the Mission Valley Superspeedway in Polson, Montana, in a car owned by current Arca West Series Champion crew chief Travis Sharpe. /p>
“I’m very excited to team up with daniel dye and travis sharpe for the montana 200,” martin told motorsport.com. “I’ve had my eye on Daniel for a long time and I think we can be candidates for this prestigious event.”
who knows where this could lead martin. One thing is for sure, the tint will get you the experience of a lifetime from one of Nascar’s all-time greats.
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