Isim Racing:/I Martin Hits 500

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This weekend in the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway, Mark Martin will hit another milestone in his Winston Cup career, as he will start his 500th consecutive race. To celebrate the occasion Martin's Viagra Ford will sport a special gold paint scheme. The paint scheme will also carry a logo commemorating Major League Baseball star Rafael Palmeiro on becoming one of only 18 players in MLB history to hit 500 home runs.

Martin's string of consecutive starts goes back to 1988 when he first hooked up with Jack Roush to go racing.

"It's been my honor to be with Mark for the duration of this streak of 500 starts," Roush. "There are certainly times when I wish I could have provided him better equipment or better strategy and better results at times, but overall it has certainly been a good run.

"He has yet to win a Winston Cup championship, but there is still an opportunity for Mark to win a lot more races. We have a great sponsor with Pfizer and Viagra and the team is very much behind him, so there is still a lot of racing to be done with Mark."

The streak Martin has put together with Roush is the third longest current run in NASCAR. It's currently the seventh longest streak in NASCAR history.

"We've had a lot of success and a lot of heartache," said Martin, who has finished inside the top eight in Winston Cup on 13 of 14 occasions. "But I've had the opportunity to live out my dreams and not a lot of people get to do that."

This weekend will be Martin's 18th race at the 1.058-mile track. He has scored 11 Top 10 and seven Top 5 finishes, and since 1998 Martin has posted a 10.8 average finish. He has also scored two poles, including the first ever pole at Loudon.

You can see Martin's 500th consecutive car this weekend in the Sylvania 300 when the green flag drops on Sunday at 1 p.m. (ET) live on TNT.

Can't wait until then?

Well...NASCAR 2003 Season by Papyrus for the PC enables you to create paint schemes that can be used in the game. I created the 500th car because this season has already seen a lot of special paint schemes and none of them are available in the game. RacingOne.com is looking to possibly add a Sim Racing section to the site - a place where you go to swap fictional and real paint schemes, tracks, discuss setups, etc. but first I would like your suggestions on the idea.

Please submit suggestions to: Racing1Collector@cs.com

Martin: By the Numbers
Wins: 33
Poles: 39
Top 10 Finishes: 311
Top 5 Finishes: 210
Best Points Finish: 2nd (1990, 1994, 1998, 2002)

Martin's Career Wins

Year Date Race Track
1989 10/22 27 N. Carolina Motor Speedway
1990 02/25 2 Richmond Intl Raceway
1990 08/19 19 Michigan Intl Speedway
1990 09/30 25 N. Wilkesboro Speedway
1991 11/17 29 Atlanta Motor Speedway
1992 04/26 8 Martinsville Speedway
1992 10/11 26 Charlotte Motor Speedway
1993 08/08 19 Watkins Glen Intl
1993 08/15 20 Michigan Intl Speedway
1993 08/28 21 Bristol Intl Raceway
1993 09/05 22 Darlington Raceway
1993 10/31 29 Phoenix Intl Raceway
1994 08/14 20 Watkins Glen Intl
1994 11/13 31 Atlanta Motor Speedway
1995 04/30 9 Talladega Superspeedway
1995 08/13 20 Watkins Glen Intl
1995 10/01 27 N. Wilkesboro Speedway
1995 10/08 28 Charlotte Motor Speedway
1997 05/04 9 Sears Point Raceway
1997 05/10 10 Talladega Superspeedway
1997 08/17 21 Michigan Speedway
1997 09/21 26 Dover Downs Int'l Speedway
1998 03/01 3 Las Vegas Motor Speedway
1998 04/05 7 Texas Motor Speedway
1998 05/03 10 California Speedway
1998 06/14 14 Michigan Speedway
1998 08/22 22 Bristol Motor Speedway
1998 09/20 26 Dover Downs Int'l Speedway
1998 10/28 28 Charlotte Motor Speedway
1999 02/21 2 North Carolina Speedway
1999 09/26 27 Dover Downs Int'l Speedway
2000 04/09 8 Martinsville Speedway
2002 05/26 11 Lowe's Motor Speedway
Total Wins = 33
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