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Mark Martin to drive No. 32 Chevrolet for Turner in 4 Nationwide Series races

Mark Martin will compete in four Nationwide Series races for Turner Motorsports this season.
Mark Martin will compete in four Nationwide Series races for Turner Motorsports this season.

Sprint Cup veteran Mark Martin will compete in four NASCAR Nationwide Series races in Turner Motorsports' No. 32 Chevrolet this season, the team announced Wednesday.

Martin will drive the Dollar General-sponsored car  at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Auto Club Speedway, Michigan International Speedway and Kentucky Speedway. Trent Owens will serve as crew chief.


Martin will also drive the No. 32 Silverado in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at Michigan International Speedway and Pocono Raceway.

"I'm excited to be running back in the Nationwide and Truck Series again," Martin said in a press release. "Everyone at Dollar General and Turner Motorsports has been great, and I'm looking forward to hitting the track with them next year. Working with Turner, I get to extend my relationship with Chevrolet and continue to have Hendrick horsepower under the hood which is really, really good."

Turner Motorsports gets its engines from Hendrick Motorsports.

With a NASCAR career spanning 30 years, Martin has 40 wins in 794 Sprint Cup starts, holds the all-time Nationwide Series records for most wins (48) and most pole positions (30), and seven wins in 23 NCWTS starts.

In 2006, motorsports media members acknowledged his accomplishments by naming him the greatest Nationwide Series driver of all-time. Martin continues to compete full-time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports machine.

"The races we picked for both series are personal favorites of mine," Martin said. "I'd love to win another truck race, and I've got to get back to victory lane in the Dollar General car so I can keep Kyle (Busch) from breaking my Nationwide Series record."

In five Nationwide starts at Las Vegas, Martin has three wins, four top-fives, five top-10s and two poles. In only two Nationwide starts at Auto Club Speedway, he has earned one win and a third-place finish. At Michigan International Speedway, he has two wins, eight top-five and nine top-10 finishes and one pole position in his 11 starts.

Martin will make his Nationwide Series debut when the team travels to Kentucky Speedway in July.

Team owner Steve Turner is very pleased with the experience that Martin brings with him and has high expectations for his organization in 2011.

"We are thrilled to announce the addition of Mark Martin to our stable of drivers," Turner said. "Mark shares my same passion for helping groom young talent and has expressed interest in helping us get our young drivers to the NASCAR Sprint Cup level. I can't think of a better mentor than Mark Martin.

"Everyone at Turner Motorsports knows the value and experience he brings to our organization and we are all delighted to have him join our team. We look forward to getting Mark and Dollar General into the winners circle in 2011."