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Report: Forget about Mark Martin racing again ‘at this time’

Aug 2, 2014, 7:42 PM EDT

Forget about seeing Mark Martin behind the wheel of a race car any time soon. (AP Photo/John Raoux) AP

If you think Thursday’s announcement that Mark Martin will be returning to Roush Fenway Racing in somewhat of a driving capacity, forget it.

According to Bob Pockrass of, Martin is committed to his newly-hired role as driver coach for the entire RFR organization, particularly working with young drivers like Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ryan Reed and Trevor Bayne.

Martin, 55, said he’s not interested in extending his mark of 882 career Sprint Cup starts.

“You know me well enough to know that I’m not going to say (never),” Martin told Pockrass. “But I’ll just tell you I have no interest at this time. I have no interest in even practicing a car or testing a car at this time.”

Martin last raced as a fill-in driver for Tony Stewart last season following Stewart’s wreck in a sprint car race in early August that not only caused him to sustain numerous injuries, it also ended his season as well.

Martin said he hasn’t missed his time away from the racetrack or the sport as a whole.

“I don’t ever flip on the TV and wish I was there,” Martin said. “I am happy where I am at. It’s probably less (of an urge) than I even expected to get back into a racecar.”

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  1. aug99 - Aug 2, 2014 at 11:46 PM

    One of the great drivers and gentlemen of the racing circle.
    Back in 74 or 75 I watched him, his dad and I think his sister maybe, pull in to Capital Speedway, just outside Madison , Wisconsin, with a Camaro on the trailer. He was just this little skinny kid. I thought his dad was racing. This was a time when the Great Dick Trickle was smoking hot with his purple 99 mustang. It was 100 lap feature. I can’t remember for sure, but I think they lapped the field, not separating by more than a couple car lengths the whole race. The last 5 laps they were side by side, and the kid won. That orange and white Camaro, with a blue number 2 was always extremely fast where ever he went. I’ve been to a lot of short track races in my time, but this one is in my top three.
    Martin was always a hell of a driver and a great guy.
    But it is time for him to move on. And a driver coach for young guys is a great idea.

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