Mark Martin Set to Race at Darlington

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Mark Martin fans may be feeling a bit bereft over the course of the next couple of weeks, but they won't be disappointed at Darlington during the Dodge Avenger 500 weekend in May. Martin announced earlier this season that his abbreviated 2007 NEXTEL Cup Series race schedule will include a stop at the track "Too Tough To Tame."


Martin won the 1993 Southern 500 at Darlington and is the track's all-time winner in the NASCAR Busch Series, with eight victories. In 40 NEXTEL Cup Series starts, he has posted an impressive 25 Top 10 finishes, 17 Top Five finishes, and has won the pole position twice.


Martin finished eighth in the 2006 Dodge Charger 500.


"Darlington really brings back some great memories of some really great battles," Martin said. "I ran second to Dale Earnhardt there twice, in '89 and '90, before finally getting a win 1993. That was actually our fourth win in a row at that time, so it was a big deal then.


"Overall we've had a lot of success at Darlington and a tremendous amount in the Busch car, as well. It's a track that presents a lot of challenge, because it's all over the place. You go from touching the apron to touching the wall, without even changing directions. It's a great challenge and definitely one of the best tracks to race on in NASCAR, and I'm looking forward to going there with the No. 01 U.S. Army team this season."


The 2007 Dodge Avenger 500 weekend at Darlington Raceway will include practice for the USAC Silver Crown Series and the NASCAR Busch Series on Thursday, May 10, followed by USAC qualifying and the "Silver Crown Showdown at Darlington" under the lights. This event will feature open-wheel racing at Darlington for the first time in 51 years.


On Friday, May 11, the day will include NASCAR NEXTEL Cup practice, and NEXTEL Cup and Busch Series qualifying, followed by the Diamond Hill Plywood 200 NASCAR Busch Series race under the lights that evening. Denny Hamlin is the defending champion.


On Saturday, May 12, Darlington will host Cup Series racing for the 58th consecutive season as Greg Biffle attempts to join the short list of drivers to win three events in a row at NASCAR's most historic venue. The 2007 Dodge Avenger 500 will be run under the lights in its entirety.


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