Mark Martin is probably the oldest athlete in a major league sport such as football, baseball, tennis basketball, soccer etc. Today, Martin will start on the pole at the Dover, Delaware race track. This is Martin's 3rd pole in 10 races so far this year, more than any other Sprint driver. What makes even more remarkable is that Martin is running a part time schedule and this will be his 10th race out of 13 races this season.
Even though he has missed 3 races this season, after 12 races he is 26th in place, beating some regular drivers like Bobby Labonte, Casey Mears, David Ragan and Landon Cassill. He trailing Kurt Busch by 3 points, Jeff Gordon by 26 points. and A.J. Allmindinger by 12 points. Just think where Martin would be int he standings if he didn't miss any races? He probably would be in the top12 because he is only out of 12th place by 114 points. Martin is one of the highlights of the NASCAR season in a season full of boring races, Danica Patrick, Dale Jr., little side by side racing and very few restarts because of the lack cautions.
So, it nice to see Mark Martin still be at the top of his game and also at the top his sport at the age of 53. AARP members certainly are proud of him.