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Posts Tagged ‘Mark Martin.’

2014 NASCAR Hall of Fame nominees list announced

(megasportsnews.com photo)

Everyone figured that Mark Martin would be on the NASCAR Hall of Fame ballot in his first year of eligibility (2014).

Martin, winner of 96 NASCAR races in all divisions, failed to make the ballot.

The ballot does include Bill Elliott and Terry Labonte, a pair of Cup champions along with Mike Stefanik and Buddy Baker. Engine builder and team owner Robert Yates also was nominated.

NASCAR Race Preview #3: Kobalt Tools 400 today from Las Vegas at 3:16 pm on FOX

Las Vegas Motor Speedway from above (photo by Tom Donoghue via wikipedia commons)

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series moves to another warm climate for the March 10 race.

From Daytona to Phoenix and now Las Vegas, Nevada for the Kobalt Tools 400 race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

FOX has the televised broadcast with a starting tme of 3:16 p.m.

The desert speedway is a 1.5-mile tri-oval. The 400.5 mile race breaks down to 267 laps.

This speedway has wide, progressive banking which allows for fast, side-by-side racing.

After Stardust International Raceway closed up in 1970, plans were made for a dragstrip, road course and dirt track and a $72 million superspeedway, which was completed in 1996.

Indycar driver Richie Hearn won the first race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Mark Martin won the first Cup race in 1998.

Tony Stewart was the 2012 winner at Las Vegas in March (megasportsnews.com photo)

The track qualifying record was set by Kasey Kahne in 2012 with a lap of 190.456 mph and the race record was set by Martin at 146.554 mph in 1998.

Top active drivers with wins at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is Jimmie Johnson with 4 wins, Carl Edwards, Jeff Burton and Matt Kenseth with 2 wins apiece.

RECAPPING 2012 KOBALT TOOLS 400

Tony Stewart beat out Jimmie Johnson to win the third race of the NASCAR season, however, Greg Biffle took the points lead by finishing third.

For more information or to follow the race you can log onto NASCAR.com or LVMS.com.

 

Martin earns pole position for NASCAR race in Phoenix

Mark Martin (photo by Brian Neudorff via wikipedia commons)

Mark Martin will be on the pole for today’s NASCAR race at Phoenix International Raceway for the second straight year after becoming the second-oldest, pole-sitter in Sprint Cup history.

Joining Martin on the front row will be Kasey Kahne.

Daytona 500 winner Jimmie Johnson is third next to Kyle Busch.

A native of Batesville, Arkansas, Martin turned 54 in January, leaving him just a few months short in beating Harry Gant as the oldest driver to earn a Sprint Cup pole. Gant drove in the NASCAR series when it was called the Winston Cup in the 1980′s and 1990′s.

Today’s Subway Fresh Fit 500 is a 312-mile race.

 

Info compiled from NASCAR Sprint Cup, Radio & TV news

NASCAR RACE #13 PREVIEW: Dover International Speedway, today at 12:30 P.M. for FedEx 400 benefiting Austism Speaks

 

Dover International Speedway (photo by Dany3000 via wikipedia commons)

The NASCAR schedule moves into June with its first trip into Dover, Delaware for the FedEx 400 benefiting Austism Speaks.

The race can be seen on FOX with coverage starting at 12:30 p.m.

Dover is one of the bigger tracks on the circuit with attendance reaching 135,000.

The 400-mile race on the 1-mile track is 400 laps.

(courtesy of Dover Motorsports, Inc. via wikipedia commons)

Known as the “Monster Mile”, Dover produces long runs and tough action with speeds in excess of 170 mph. It’s one of the most challenging tracks on the NASCAR circuit.

Dover, opened in 1969 and was designed to accomodate horse racing and motor sports. The track will undergo renovation after this season with seat-widening from 18 to 22 inches and that’ll drop capacity to 113,000.

2011 FedEx 400/Autism Speaks 400:

Matt Kenseth decided to get two new tires on his last pit stop and was able to hold off Mark Martin for his second win of the season. Marcos Ambrose, Kyle Busch and Brian Vickers finished 3-4-5.

In the last 10 Cup races at Dover, Jimmie Johnson has won three races.

If you need more information or want to follow the race, log onto DoverSpeedway.com or NASCAR.com.

Martin edges Edwards for Sprint Cup pole at Richmond 400 tonight

 

Mark Martin (photo by Chris Graythen of Getty Images for NASCARmedia.com)

Mark Martin, the 53-year-old Arkansas native continues to be a threat on the NASCAR circuit.

Martin turned the second-fastest lap on his first run on Friday at Richmond International Raceway in Virginia.

He then pushed Carl Edwards to the outside of the front row with a lap at 128.327 mph to win the pole for tonight’s Sprint Cup race at 7 p.m. on FOX-TV.

One of NASCAR’s most-popular drivers, Martin now has 52 poles in his career to go with 40 wins and 441 Top Ten finishes.

He drives the #55 Aaron’s Toyota for Michael Waltrip Racing.

Mark Martin's #55 Aaron's Toyota (photo by Chris Graythen of Getty Images for NASCARmedia.com)

 

 

Info compiled from NASCAR Sprint Cup, Richmond International Raceway, Radio & TV news reports

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