Mark Martin All-Star Preview; Martin Owns Most All-Star Starts

CORNELIUS, N.C. ‚ÄĒ No. 55 Aaron‚Äôs Dream Machine driver Mark Martin claimed his first NASCAR All Star race victory in 1998 and scored another in 2005. As the Michael Waltrip Racing driver prepares for his 24th All-Star Race -the most of any driver- he figures Saturday night will be a good time to hoist another trophy in victory lane at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Saturday night‚Äôs race will consist of 90 total laps; four 20-lap segments followed by a mandatory four-tire pit stop and a 10-lap sprint to the $1 million big-money finish. If one driver wins all four 20-lap segments and bests the field in the final 10-lap shootout, he will double his winnings and take home Bruton Smith’s Big Bonus of an additional $1 million.

MARK MARTIN: ‚ÄúThe All-Star race is one of the highlights of the season for all of us. It‚Äôs just a great event for the fans and the drivers. Charlotte is home for a lot of people in NASCAR. Friends and family get to come out and watch you race. The other thing is the All-Star race is really a break from counting points. In this race you run for a big trophy and a big check. That‚Äôs incentive enough for me. I‚Äôd love to take a big trophy and some of Bruton‚Äôs money home Saturday night.‚ÄĚ


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MOST STARTS: ‚ÄúSure that is gratifying. I‚Äôve been fortunate to work with a whole lot of great people, teams and organizations over the years. I‚Äôve had a ton of help. It‚Äôs hard to believe this will be number 24, but I‚Äôve enjoyed every one. It‚Äôs a great event and I‚Äôm honored just to be part of it. This race creates memories.‚ÄĚ

Courtesy of NASCAR

NOTES

·         STATS: In 23 All-Star Races, Martin owns two victories (1998 & 2005) and six top-five finishes. He’s led 66 laps and has never started on the pole. He ran in the Winston Open in 1988 &’89.

·         No. 55 DRIVERS: Martin will drive the No. 55 in 24 races, Brian Vickers in nine races and Michael Waltrip in three races. In nine races in 2013 Martin’s highlights this season include a third-place finish at Daytona and a pole at Phoenix.

·         CHASSIS: 722 finished eighth at Bristol with Brian Vickers behind wheel. Backup 720

·         MARTIN AT CATWALK: Martin will attend the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation’s 4th Annual Catwalk for a Cause presented by Toyota on Wednesday. The sold out fundraiser is expecting over 450 people at MWR. Fans can make a donation to the foundation: click here or bid on signed NASCAR driver items: click here. All proceeds benefit the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation Special Needs Fund at Levine Children’s Hospital. Sirius Speedway will broadcast live from 3-7 p.m. from the event while fans can see photos and tweets at: www.Zoomph.com/catwalk.

¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† MWR FAN FEST MOVED TO FALL: Michael Waltrip Racing will host its annual Fan Fest in the fall at the height of NASCAR‚Äôs ‚ÄúChase for the Sprint Cup.‚ÄĚ The event at MWR‚Äôs headquarters in Cornelius, N.C., has traditionally been held during Charlotte Motor Speedway‚Äôs May events, but this season the race shop is undergoing some capital improvements to further enhance the visitor and employee experience. This month MWR began construction of a new 7,500-square-foot training facility. The multi-level gym will further the skills of pit crew members. The facility includes an inlaid car silhouette so crews can practice agility drills around a car, free weights, weight machines, CrossFit elements, cardio equipment as well as locker rooms and offices. Construction should conclude in June.

¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† TRY THE MWR SOCIAL STOP: Make Michael Waltrip Racing‚Äôs ‚ÄúSocial Stop‚ÄĚ your second screen on Sunday to follow all the racing and social media action when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races this weekend. MWR‚Äôs ‚ÄúSocial Stop‚ÄĚ goes live before the race allowing fans to view information from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube all on one page. Twitter feeds from MWR drivers, media members and NASCAR fans will populate the page. Visitors can also interact with fellow race fans and answer poll questions on the page. Visit http://www.michaelwaltripracing.com/social

·         VOTE FOR MWR TRUCK DRIVERS: Freightliner held the second round of the Freightliner Run Smart Hauler Challenge in Talladega. Now it’s time to vote the eliminated drivers back into the competition for the third round. MWR has three drivers needing votes:  Al Nelson, John Murphy and Stump Lewis. You can vote for each driver once daily at http://freightlinerhaulerchallenge.com/site/vote Voting ends May 20.

·         DOWNLOAD MWR INSIDER PROGRAM: Michael Waltrip Racing launched its Insider Program in 2013 offering fans sponsor discounts, specials on merchandise plus fan giveaways throughout the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. Fans can access the MWR Insider Program through the CardStar application available on Android and Apple devices. MWR is working on behalf of the fans to expand the offerings beyond its current sponsor line-up, aggregating industry-wide deals and discounts. Fans can text MWR to 42828 to get the card for free. Offers include free headset with rental of a FanVision unit ($19.99 value) and 25% off NASCAR Fatheads at Fathead.com.

·          FOLLOW NO. 55 ON TWITTER

@55markmartin

@brianlvickers

@mw55

@rchilders55

@mwrteam

@mwrgirls

@aaronssports

@toyotaracing

 

·         PIT CREW

Crew Chief – Rodney Childers

Car Chief – Steve Channing

Front Changer – Ryan Langley

Rear Changer – Shannon Myers

Front Carrier – Chris Hall

Rear Carrier – Mark Kennerly

Jackman – Tony Cardamone

Gas man – Brian Dheel

2nd Gas Man- Josh Galloway

Spotter – Jeremy Brickhouse

Engineer – Billy Scott

2nd Engineer – Scott McDougall

Tires – Kevin White

Eng.Tuner- Denny Chandler (TRD)

Shocks – Mike (Nook) McCarville

Interior/7th man- Jacen Johns

Truck Driver – Glenn Shano

2nd Truck Driver – John Murphy

Pit Coach – Greg Miller

Dir. Race Engineering‚ÄĒChad Walter

Ex. VP Engineering- Nick Hughes

Ex. VP Comp.‚ÄĒScott Miller

 

·         No. 55 DRIVER SCHEDULE

5/26     Charlotte         Martin

6/2       Dover               Martin

6/9       Pocono            Martin

6/16     Michigan         Martin

6/23     Sonoma           Vickers

6/29     Kentucky         Vickers

7/6       Daytona           Waltrip

7/14     Loudon            Vickers

7/28     Indy                  Martin

8/4       Pocono            Martin

8/11     The Glen         Vickers

8/18     Michigan          Martin

8/24     Bristol               Vickers

9/1       Atlanta              Martin

9/7       Richmond        Martin

9/15     Chicago            Martin

9/22     Loudon             Vickers

9/29     Dover                Martin

10/6     Kansas             Martin

10/12   Charlotte          Martin

10/20   Talladega        Waltrip

10/27   Martinsville      Vickers

11/3     Texas                Martin

11/10   Phoenix           Martin

11/17   Homestead      Martin


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