Mark Martin - #55 Aaron's Toyota, Michael Waltrip Racing ( 2nd season with team)
Crew Chief Rodney Childers - 5th season with team
What's new - Nil
Once So nice let's do it twice!
Exceeding expectations that's what Mark Martin has done for most of his 30 years of NASCAR racing and the 2012 season was no exception. Mark ran competitively for much of the 24 races he piloted the #55 MWR Toyota, not to mention nearly besting Joey Logano for the win at Pocono in June of 2012. Mark continues to enjoy racing like a young man at the ripe ol age of 54. The fitness freak will once again pilot the # 55 MWR Toyota for 24 more NASCAR Sprint Cup races in 2013. Although he's not competing for a spot in the coveted 2013 chase you can bet Mark will be a threat to return to victory lane in 2013. What Mark brings to the table at MWR is sheer know how (no pun intended- NAPA know how) and without a doubt is one of the main factors for the overwhelming success MWR enjoyed last season. Even though it's widely speculated this will be Mark's last dance with MWR, I can naturally see him driving for somebody else in the same capacity in 2014. Often when asked how much longer he will do this racing thing? Mark smiles back with the humble response of I'll keep doing this as long as good folks like ( MWR , DEI) want me to drive their cars. Mark's pure on track consistency allows him to race as long as he desires. Don't expect him to be run off the track like some past NASCAR legends in recent years. It's hard not to imagine this team making the chase if Martin ran the full 36 race schedule.
Bold Prediction - Mark Martin wins a race this season with MWR putting him in a class by himself as the oldest driver to win a NASCAR Sprint Cup race.
Wins- Yes ( 1)
Top 5- Yes
Top 10 - Yes
Poles - Yes
Will make the chase - N/A (Would if he ran the full 36 race schedule)
Predicted points finish - 26th
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