Monday, January 21st, 2008 11:14pm UTC
By Luke, Thunder Lounge
Published on Thunder Lounge.
- Organization: Ginn/DEI
- Car Number: 01
- Crew Chief: Ryan Pemberton
- Sponsor: US Army
- Points: 27th :: 2960 :: -3763
- Starts: 24
- Poles: 0
- Wins: 0
- Top 5′s: 5
- Top 10′s: 11
- Winnings: $4,097,200
- Organization: DEI
- Car Number: 8
- Crew Chief: Tony Gibson
- Sponsor: US Army
Mark Martin’s first part-time season was one littered with buzz and talk.
After coming out of the gates at Daytona, and subsequent races, the buzz was how could Mark walk away from his best start in years, and an obvious chance to competitively compete for the Cup. Yet, as he said all along, he watched Bristol from Florida, and kept true to his schedule.
Last summer, along with Regan Smith, he was the beneficiary of Ginn selling his operation to DEI. While other teammates were left in a lurch, Mark was (for obvious reasons) transferred to DEI ownership and the #01 kept right on rolling along.
Finally, last fall, the long anticipated answer to the question of “Who will replace Dale Jr?” was announced. Mark Martin, along with Aric Almirola for 12 events, would be behind the wheel of the #8 US Army Chevrolet.
Being honest here, it was one of the best things DEI could do. There are few names that could pilot that ride after Dale Jr’s exit, and Mark Martin is definitely towards the top of that short list. Mark has long been a fan favorite, with very few fans showing a dislike for him. This can only help to move the whole organization, as well as the #8 team, into the Junior-less era.
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Filed Under: Dale Earnhardt Inc #01, Dale Earnhardt Inc #8, Drivers, Ginn Racing #01, Mark Martin, Nascar, Nextel Cup, Sprint Cup, Teams
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