Back To The Future

Mark Martin, who will be retiring from full-time NEXTEL Cup racing at the conclusion of the 2005 season, will drive some special paint schemes during his "Salute to You" tour that will resemble some cars from his illustrious career.

"These cars really span the majority of my career and they bring back a whole lot of memories," said Martin. "We've had a lot of success and been through a lot of battles over the years and it will be pretty fun to revisit that with these paint schemes this year."

Martin is scheduled to drive a replica of his Stroh's Light Ford at Texas on April 17. In the original car with the dark blue paint scheme he won his first career Cup race at Rockingham back in 1989.

Martin will sport the Valvoline colors that will take after his 1993 car, the first season of the Valvoline sponsorship, in the NEXTEL All-Star Challenge on May 21. This particular paint scheme ran for four seasons and with it he finished in the top-six in the standings every season. From 1992 through 2000 Martin was seen driving various Valvoline/MaxLife paint schemes.

The maroon and gold colors of Folgers will return on Martin's car in the Brickyard 400 on August 7. He captured eight poles and four wins in that two-year span (1990-91) in this car. In 1990, Martin finished second in the championship standings to the late Dale Earnhardt by 26 points.

Martin will conclude his "Salute to You" tour at Homestead-Miami Speedway with a paint scheme that will take after his 1981 orange and white Pontiac Ventura, the same car he made his first Cup Series start in.

Viagra will still sponsor each car and the No. 6 will be adjusted to look like the according paint scheme from the past.

Martin has collected 34 Nextel Cup wins, and a series record 47 Busch Series victories.

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