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Old 02-01-2006, 12:21 PM
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Default Martin puts off retirement, returns with Roush stable

Martin puts off retirement, returns with Roush stable


NASCAR Nextel Cup driver Mark Martin dons his helmet in his No. 6 Ford for a test session Tuesday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Photo by John Gurzinski.

Mark Martin wasn't supposed to be at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this week.

He wasn't supposed to be racing a stock car this year, either.

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He had intended to downshift a few gears and retire after the 2005 season, but those plans grew complicated late last summer.

Martin was to be replaced by Jamie McMurray, who had trouble getting released from his contract with Chip Ganassi Racing.

The scenario became even more muddled when Las Vegas native and 2004 series champion Kurt Busch asked team owner Jack Roush to release him from the final year of his contract so he could join Penske Racing.

Both McMurray and Busch eventually were able to join new teams, but that still left Roush a driver short.

So Martin is back in the No. 6 Ford, now a Fusion model instead of a Taurus.

"In a lot of ways I'd like to walk away right now with 2005 as the year I hung my hat on," Martin said before Tuesday's test session at the speedway. "That was the best year of my career and best year of my life."

Martin, 47, had better years statistically when he finished second in the championship hunt four times. But last year he was contending for the title when some might have thought he was too old. He finished fourth in points with one win to give him 35 in his 24-year NASCAR career. He has spent the last 19 years with Roush.

"It was rare before me and they will be rare after me," Martin said of his lengthy tenure with one owner. "I wouldn't trade what I've done with Jack Roush for three championships."

Martin had planned to retire to spend more time at home in Daytona Beach, Fla., with his family and youngest child, 14-year-old Matt. So when Roush asked him to extend his Cup career, Martin left the decision up to his family.

"When this came up all I could do was let them make this decision," Martin said. "I certainly couldn't be doing this in 2006 without their support."

He said he's entering the season with a different list of priorities.

"I'm going to put a lot of emphasis on having a good time. I'm not going to let my performance on the racetrack completely dictate my mood," said Martin, who won the inaugural Las Vegas Cup race in 1998 and hopes to win his last race at the track March 12 in the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400.

Martin's new No. 6 Ford was fifth fastest Tuesday on the last of his two days of testing, which continues today for several other teams.

The finality of Martin's career in NASCAR's premier series hit hard when he arrived at the speedway Tuesday.

"I wasn't looking forward to leaving my family for this test," he said. "The other side is when I rolled through the tunnel (to the track infield) I got kind of sick to my stomach because I knew this was the last time I'd do this in a Cup car.

"Believe me, we all wonder why we have to get old, you know. I certainly wouldn't have made this decision if it wasn't time for me to step out of the way. There are a lot of things in life that I haven't been able to do because of my commitment to racing, and I'm going to get started on that a year from now."
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