Old And New For Martin

Mark Martin will make his 19th straight start in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Challenge Saturday night at Lowe's Motor Speedway, but it will be his first behind-the-wheel of the DEI No. 8 Chevrolet.

A two-time all-star race winner, the popular veteran won the 2005 edition of the annual spring event when he piloted a car with a throwback paint scheme from his 1993 season, when he won four straight races.

Martin has fond memories of that night.

"We didn’t have the best car that night, but we just wanted it more," Martin said. "We took the lead during the first segment and they inverted the field. We drove back through the field and took the lead again with about 20 to go and just pulled away from the field."

"It was just one of those special nights where it all came together. You race for nights like that and it was a very rewarding win for us.”

A third All-Star win for Martin would tie him with Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Jeff Gordon for most All-Star victories.

“That would be pretty special,” added Martin. “It is one of the most exciting events of the season. People can just forget about points and all of that stuff and just go for it. That makes it a great show for the fans and it makes it a pretty fun race to drive in. I’m looking forward to getting out there and seeing what we can do.”

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