Mark Martin is a retired professional stock car racing driver. Martin had a tumultuous beginning in NASCAR, driving for six different teams from 1981 to 1987.
He made five starts in 1981 driving for a team owned by Bud Reeder, earning two pole positions at Nashville and Richmond and finishing third in his final race at Martinsville.Martin competed full-time in 1982 with the team, competing for Rookie of the Year. As of 2021, Martin has the second most wins all time in what is now the Xfinity Series with 49. He scored 40 Cup Series wins. He finished second in the Sprint Cup Series standings five times, and has been described by ESPN as "The best driver to never win a championship." Martin, with five IROC Championships, as of 2021 has more than any other driver. Also, during the 2005 season, Martin took over the all-time record for IROC wins, with 13 (record stands as of 2021).
On July 31, 2014, Martin tweeted he had become a driver development coach with Roush Fenway Racing. Martin has now retired from racing himself but does work with a dirt racing team in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.