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Mark Martin

He’s often described as the “greatest driver to never win a championship,” but Mark Martin’s legendary career is so much more than that.

  • Inducted: 2017
  • Position:Driver

Vitals

Hometown

Batesville, AR

Born

01/09/1959

PREMIER SERIES STATS

Competed

1981-2013

Starts / Wins / Poles

882 / 40 / 56

Building a Racing Legacy One Win at at Time

Martin saw success at every level of NASCAR.

He came incredibly close to that elusive title many times—finishing second in the championship standings five times. In 1990, Martin finished 26 points behind NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt (2010), his closest run at the championship.

He set career highs for wins (seven), top-five finishes (22) and laps led (1,730) in 1998 but was left with another second-place finish, this time to Jeff Gordon. He also finished second in 1994, 2002 and 2009. Over the course of his 31-year NASCAR premier series career, Martin compiled 40 wins (17th all-time) and 61 runner-up finishes (sixth all-time) in 882 starts (fifth all-time). His 56 career poles rank seventh on the all-time list. Martin won 49 times in what is now the NASCAR Xfinity Series, holding the series wins record for 14 years.

He retired with 96 wins across NASCAR’s three national series, seventh on the all-time list. In 1998, Martin was named one of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers.