Photos: 20 Classic Mark Martin Paint Schemes
by Tom Jensen September 27, 2021
A member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2017, Mark Martin has won in most everything he’s driven over the years.
Batesville, Arkansas, native Mark Martin richly earned his spot in the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2017. While best known for the success he enjoyed while driving for fellow Hall of Famer Jack Roush (2019), the truth is Martin excelled wherever he raced.
Martin won 96 races in NASCAR’s three national series, including 40 in the premier series, 49 in what is now the Xfinity Series and seven more in the Camping World Truck Series. On top of that, Martin is the all-time leader with five championships in the International Race of Champions series.
In honor of his versatility and overall excellence, here are 20 paint schemes that reflect Martin’s Hall of Fame career.
In his first full season in the premier series, Mark Martin drove Bud Reeder-owned cars, finishing 14th in the 1982 points standings with a pair of top-five finishes and eight top 10s.
In 1989, Mark Martin won his first premier series race and the first for car owner Jack Roush when he was victorious in the AC Delco 500 at North Carolina Motor Speedway in Rockingham.
Driving a Folgers Coffee-sponsored Ford Thunderbird for owner Jack Roush in 1990, Mark Martin won three premier series races and earned the first of five runner-up finishes in the points.
In the 1995 Rolex 24 sports car race at Daytona International Speedway, Mark Martin co-drove a Jack Roush-owned Ford Mustang along with actor Paul Newman and racers Tommy Kendall and Michael Brockman. The team won the GTS-1 category and finished third overall in the race.
In 1997, Mark Martin won his second of three consecutive title in the International Race of Champions Series. For his career, Martin won a record five IROC championships.
The Valvoline paint scheme that Mark Martin carried on his No. 6 Roush Racing Ford in 1998 was one of his most iconic looks. That season, Martin set personal bests with seven premier series race victories and 22 top fives, while finishing second in points to Jeff Gordon.
Carrying Eagle One colors, Mark Martin scored the first of his two NASCAR All-Star Race victories in 1998 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
One of the all-time greats in what is now the NASCAR Xfinity Series, Mark Martin won six races in just 14 starts during the series in 1999. As he did in the premier series, Martin drove a Jack Roush Ford in his Xfinity races.
Roush Racing made one of the most innovative sponsor signings when it brought Pfizer’s Viagra brand to serve as the primary sponsor for driver Mark Martin, starting with the 2001 season.
Insurance company AAA sponsored driver Mark Martin for the entire season in 2006, his last full season driving for team owner Jack Roush. From 1989 to 2006, Martin finished in the top 10 in points all but two seasons.
The 2006 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (now Camping World Truck Series) season saw Mark Martin win six times in just 14 starts, including a victory in the AAA Insurance 200 at Dover International Speedway.
In 2007, Mark Martin moved to Bobby Ginn’s short-lived team, which merged with Dale Earnhardt Inc. in the second half of the season. Driving this No. 01 Chevrolet, Martin finished second to Kevin Harvick in one of the most dramatic Daytona 500 finishes of all time.
Dale Earnhardt Inc. had a rotating series of primary sponsors for driver Mark Martin during the 2008 season. For both races at Pocono that year, Martin’s No. 8 DEI Chevrolet carried the colors of Steak-umm Burgers.
In 2009, Mark Martin joined the powerhouse Hendrick Motorsports team founded by fellow Hall of Fame Class of 2017 inductee Rick Hendrick. Martin had a sensational season, winning five races and finishing second in points to teammate Jimmie Johnson.
Team owner Rick Hendrick (2017) owns a chain of automobile dealerships and used his company website, Hendrickcars.com, as a primary sponsor for Mark Martin in 2010. Hendrickcars.com continues as a team sponsor to this day.
Long before Danica Patrick came on the scene, GoDaddy.com sponsored Mark Martin and the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, shown here at Watkins Glen International in 2010.
In 2011 Farmers Insurance and GoDaddy.com teamed up to sponsor Mark Martin and the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet at at Pocono Raceway. This was Martin’s last season at Hendrick Motorsports.
The 2012 season was Mark Martin’s only full season behind the wheel of the No. 55 Toyota Camry fielded by Michael Waltrip Racing. Martin has four top-five and 10 top-10 finishes on the season.
For the 2012 running of the Coca-Cola 600, Mark Martin’s No. 55 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota carried a patriotic paint scheme.
At Bristol Motor Speedway in 2013, Mark Martin moved to Stewart-Haas Racing to fill in for the injured Hall of Famer Tony Stewart (2020). Martin’s final 12 premier series starts in his career came driving the No. 14 SHR Chevrolet.