Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Top 5 Mark Martin Moments: Nationwide Series

Today I continue to look back through Mark Martin's career with my favorite moments.  Today, we look at moment number four:

4. Nationwide Series

Before Kyle Busch dominated the Nationwide Series, the greatest driver of the series was Mark Martin.  It seemed that every time Martin got into a Nationwide car, he would win the race.  His stats for the series are absolutely remarkable.

In a 23-year career, Martin has run 236 races.  He's won 49 of those, which is a remarkable 20.7%.  He also has 30 career poles and 112 career Top 5's.  All of those used to be records before Busch began to dominate the Series.

The fact that Martin has those numbers is made even more impressive by the fact that he only ran one full season in the Nationwide Series, in 1987.

His last win came in 2011, and it was one of the most exciting finishes I can remember as a fan.  After taking the white flag, Brad Keselowski cut down a tire while leading to hand the lead over to Martin.  Check out the last few laps below:

Even though Kyle Busch has surpassed Martin as the king of the Nationwide Series, I don't think we will ever see someone be as dominant as Martin was for such a long period of time.  From his first seasons in NASCAR to his last seasons, he could win in a Nationwide car if he was given the chance.

What is your favorite memory of Mark in the Nationwide Series?  Comment below to let us know!

Be sure to check out Moment #5, and check back tomorrow as our countdown continues!

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