Mark Martin Speaks on Return to Roush Fenway Racing as Developmental Coach

R. Cory SmithSenior Writer IAugust 3, 2014

HOMESTEAD, FL - NOVEMBER 16:  Mark Martin, driver of the #14 Bass Pro Shops / Mobil 1 Chevrolet, prepares to drive during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, 2013 in Homestead, Florida.  (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images)
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Mark Martin, the man who put Roush Fenway Racing on the map, is returning as a developmental coach.

The 55-year-old, who spent 19 seasons with the team formerly known as Roush Racing, will now assist the youthful members of the organization. Martin spoke about his comeback to RFR, per Jared Turner of Fox Sports:

I'm excited to return to Roush Fenway Racing, as it feels like I'm going home to where I belong. I was fortunate to help build this team from the beginning, and it's very humbling to be a part of Jack's (co-owner Jack Roush) team again. When Jack first hired me in 1988, we didn't talk about salary or benefits or perks; we talked about testing, tires and putting the right personnel into place to win on the track. That commitment is what stood out to me then and it's still what stands out to me today.

Martin's historic career with Jack Roush never culminated in a championship, but it did lead to 83 wins in the No. 6 car. Of those 19 years with RFR, Martin finished top five in the points standings 12 times without lifting the trophy.

With the legendary driver returning to Roush, two current drivers voiced their thoughts on Martin:

Both Greg Biffle and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will be coming back for the 2015 season, but one notable name will be moving on.

Martin's announcement comes on the heels of Carl Edwards revealing he will not be with Roush Fenway next season. Losing that experience might be a crucial reason for bringing Martin back into the fold.

While Biffle will still be around, having Martin back with the team will be a boost for him as well. The 44-year-old has finished second once in the points standings during his career, but might put together more consistent seasons with Martin helping.    

Given his history on the track, Martin has a chance to make an impact on the two young drivers with Roush next year. Along with Stenhouse, Trevor Bayne will be a full-time driver for RFR in 2015, making two drivers under 27.


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