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Mark Martin back with Hendrick Motorsports at Michigan

  • Aug 17, 2007

BROOKLYN, Mich. (Aug. 17, 2007) – Returning to Hendrick Motorsports for the second time this season, Mark Martin finds himself back in the seat of the No. 5 Hendrick Autoguard/Hendrickcars.com Chevrolet this weekend at Michigan International Speedway for the NASCAR Busch Series race.

In his first of three Busch Series starts for Hendrick this season, Martin drove the Hendrick Autoguard/Hendrickcars.com Chevy to a runner-up finish at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway back in May.

“I am really excited to get behind the wheel of that ‘5’ car again,” Martin said. “I had a blast driving it in Darlington back in May. That’s a really good team they have over there and I’m really looking forward to getting back in their stuff.”

Martin is the winningest driver in Busch Series history with 47 victories in 223 career starts since 1987. He has earned 143 top-10 finishes, 106 top-fives and won 21 percent of all the Busch Series races he’s entered.

However, a win driving for Hendrick Motorsports would be even sweeter to Martin.

“Winning for Hendrick Motorsports would sure be awesome.,” Martin said. “Rick (Hendrick) has great cars and a great team, so hopefully if we can put it all together we can take that car to victory lane.

“I’ve known Rick for a long time and he’s meant a lot to NASCAR. To be able to get a win in one of his cars would be really special for me.”

In nine Busch Series starts at Michigan, Martin has posted two wins, seven top-five finishes and eight top-10s. His first victory at the track came in his first Busch Series start there in August 1993 and he won again there in 1995.

In addition to his Darlington run and the Michigan start this weekend, Martin will also compete for Hendrick Motorsports in the Busch Series season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November.

The NASCAR Busch Series race at Michigan International Speedway will air live Saturday on ESPN2 at 3 p.m. ET.

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