Skip to content

Seemingly ageless Martin still proving himself

Mar 2, 2013, 2:30 PM EST

Mark Martin 2 Getty Images

At 54 years old, Mark Martin continues to persevere – and excel – in the Sprint Cup Series.

Martin isn’t a full-time racer this season on NASCAR’s top circuit, but thanks to a combination of his well-known commitment to fitness and the solid talent behind him at Michael Waltrip Racing, he’s staying quite competitive in this, his 31st season of Cup racing.

“I will say that I don’t know that my training – in my prime, I don’t know that my personal training made me a better race car driver,” Martin said after his Friday pole run for tomorrow’s Subway Fresh Fit 500k at Phoenix International Raceway. “But there’s no doubt in my mind that the longevity of my career is hugely dependent on that commitment.”

With 40 Cup victories on his resume, Martin’s hard work has paid off for him time and again. But he says he still has his occasional misgivings, which makes him grateful to have MWR in his corner.

“If I would’ve qualified 30th today, my lip would be out and I’d have the long face and whatnot,” said Martin of his No. 55 team. “[Winning the pole] is nice. I still revert back to – I have people that believe in me more than I do myself. They don’t doubt.

“…I truly believe that the reason I’m able to defy these odds right now are two huge reasons; [training] is one of them, and the other one is the people that work on my race car. It don’t matter how good you are – if you’ve got a slow car, you don’t look good and you don’t go fast. I have to have people that believe in me, and these guys believe in me.”

Latest Posts
  1. Nico Rosberg rallies to pole position in Abu Dhabi

    Nov 22, 2014, 9:06 AM EST

    F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi - Qualifying Getty Images

    German driver claims his 11th pole position of the season.

  2. WATCH LIVE: Abu Dhabi GP Qualifying on NBCSN from 8a ET

    Nov 22, 2014, 7:45 AM EST

    F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi - Qualifying Getty Images

    The final fight for pole position takes place in Abu Dhabi today, with all of the action on NBCSN and Live Extra from 8a ET.

  3. GP2 champion Palmer admits F1 chances are slim

    Nov 22, 2014, 7:00 AM EST

    F1 Grand Prix of Russia - Qualifying Getty Images

    The British racer will test for Force India next week, but thinks he chances of getting a full-time seat are slim.

  4. Horner: The right time for Vettel to leave Red Bull

    Nov 22, 2014, 6:30 AM EST

    F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi - Practice Getty Images

    Red Bull team boss thinks it is the right time for both the driver and the team to part company.

  5. Rosberg closes out Abu Dhabi practice fastest

    Nov 22, 2014, 6:04 AM EST

    AUTO-PRIX-F1-ABU-DHABI-PRACTICE

    Nico strikes back in FP3, edging out Hamilton by three-tenths of a second.

  6. WATCH LIVE: FP3 for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

    Nov 22, 2014, 4:45 AM EST

    Mideast Emirates F1 GP Auto Racing AP

    Nico Rosberg must stop Lewis Hamilton’s dominance in practice if he is to put the pressure on for qualifying.

  7. Formula E: Sam Bird soars to victory in Putrajaya ePrix

    Nov 22, 2014, 2:33 AM EST

    The Goodwood Festival of Speed - Day 1 Getty Images

    A nifty early move for the lead and masterful power conservation gives Bird the win in Malaysia.

  8. Nicolas Prost wins Formula E Malaysia pole, but must serve 10-spot grid penalty

    Nov 21, 2014, 10:22 PM EST

    CHina Formula E Auto Racing AP

    Prost will start tonight’s Putrajaya ePrix from 11th, while Oriol Servia and Jerome d’Ambrosio of Dragon Racing will be at the head of the field.

  9. Sam Bird tops Formula E practice in Malaysia

    Nov 21, 2014, 8:27 PM EST

    AUTO-FORMULAE-CHN Getty Images

    The Virgin Racing pilot takes top honors in a 75-minute practice session ahead of qualifying and tonight’s Putrajaya ePrix.

  10. NASCAR AMERICA: A well-deserved title for Kevin Harvick (VIDEO)

    Nov 21, 2014, 7:00 PM EST

    NASCAR Champions Portraits Getty Images

    Kevin Harvick and his No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing team had to go through a lot in 2014 to win the Sprint Cup title. NASCAR AMERICA’s Rick Allen and Kyle Petty discuss.

  11. NASCAR AMERICA: The final pit strategies of the Championship 4 (VIDEO)

    Nov 21, 2014, 6:00 PM EST

    Credit: Joe Cavaretta/Sun Sentinel/MCT Credit: Joe Cavaretta/Sun Sentinel/MCT

    Kevin Harvick’s four-tire call late at Homestead proved to be the difference in his title-clinching victory last weekend. NASCAR AMERICA discuss how pit strategy made an impact.

  12. NASCAR: John Wes Townley to run full-time trucks, part-time XFINITY in 2015

    Nov 21, 2014, 4:48 PM EST

    UNOH 225 Getty Images

    His Athenian Motorsports team will switch to Chevrolet and get Hendrick engines for its dual programs.

  13. Kevin Magnussen not seeing Abu Dhabi as battle for survival at McLaren

    Nov 21, 2014, 3:15 PM EST

    F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi - Practice Getty Images

    Magnussen on his future with McLaren: “I honestly assume that no decision has been made on the management level so far, but I would deny that this race is something of a shoot-out.”

  14. Watch NASCAR America 5 pm ET – Final Scan All 43 – Championship Edition

    Nov 21, 2014, 3:00 PM EST

    nascar america

    You say you need a NASCAR fix? Well, don’t worry, Friday is the final installment of our NASCAR America – Scan All 43 episodes, entitled “NASCAR America: Scan All 43 – Championship Edition.”

  15. Abu Dhabi GP Paddock Notebook – Friday

    Nov 21, 2014, 2:30 PM EST

    Lewis Hamilton AP

    Lewis Hamilton sent out a statement of intent during practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix today, beating Nico Rosberg in both practice sessions.

  16. Kristensen’s retirement leaves a void bigger than just a race seat

    Nov 21, 2014, 2:15 PM EST

    FRA-AUTO-LEMANS Getty Images

    Replacing Tom Kristensen will be no easy task at Audi.

  17. Alonso anticipating hardest qualifying of 2014 in Abu Dhabi

    Nov 21, 2014, 1:45 PM EST

    Fernando Alonso AP

    Electrical failure in FP2 robs the Spaniard of some much-needed track time after sunset in Abu Dhabi.

Video from NASCAR America

Most unexpected event of 2014?
Top 10 NASCAR Driver Searches
  1. J. Johnson (1774)
  2. J. Gordon (1743)
  3. K. Harvick (1679)
  4. R. Newman (1663)
  5. J. Logano (1649)
  1. D. Hamlin (1635)
  2. T. Stewart (1391)
  3. K. Larson (1289)
  4. M. Kenseth (1269)
  5. J. McMurray (1174)