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Keelan makes a regrettable deal with DeLana, more tweets
Editor's note: Every Friday, "Tweets You Might Have Missed" will present eight of the best NASCAR-related tweets from the week. 1. KPH "Can I go on dates with you and dad?" Me "Sure, if I can go on all the dates you go on when you're older." KPH "DEAL!!" — DeLana Harvick (@DeLanaHarvick) July 21, 2016 2. . @MartinTruex_Jr has more bad luck than any one person I can remember. #NASCAR — Mark Martin (@markmartin) July 18, 2016 3. Can anyone say Spaceballs? #ChevyDay @TeamChevy pic.twitter.com/n2NZ2tkOCq — Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) July 22, 2016 4. Looks cool. But I'm glad I have a engine. pic.twitter.com/M7Bj5WbTKz — Brad Keselowski (@keselowski) July 20, 2016 5. Lucas and Jami made it back from China safe and sounds this morning. Got to spend a few moments with them before heading to Indy. #Thankful — Michael McDowell (@Mc_Driver) July 22, 2016 6. Why won't anyone take me seriously pic.twitter.com/YedNTeFZWn — landon cassill (@landoncassill) July 18, 2016 7. Stand off.... #welcometoindy pic.twitter.com/5NVeD8I0y7 — Darrell Wallace Jr (@BubbaWallace) July 21, 2016 8. We had so much fun @Purdue today!! pic.twitter.com/3iEJeC0iMP — Samantha Busch (@SamanthaBusch) July 22, 2016
Hall of Fame preview: Mark Martin among contenders
RELATED: Meet 2017's nominees " Live stream of reveal, 5 p.m. ET Mark Martin will be one of 20 people considered for induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame when the Voting Panel convenes in Charlotte on Wednesday to determine the 2017 class. (TV coverage: NBCSN, 5 p.m. ET) Three of those on the ballot are former premier series champions -- Red Byron, NASCAR's first Strictly Stock champion in 1949; Benny Parsons, the 1973 winner who went on to enjoy a successful second career in the broadcast booth; and Alan Kulwicki, killed in a plane crash just four-and-a-half months after capturing the 1992 crown. There was no championship trophy for Martin , who retired from competition at the end of the 2013 season. But that doesn't diminish the accomplishments the Batesville, Arkansas, native garnered during a career that spanned more than three decades. Martin , 57, won 40 times in the premier series, with victories coming at 21 different tracks. He finished 10th or better 453 times, in more than half of his 882 career starts. He also won 56 poles. RELATED: Live stream, 5 p.m. ET, Wednesday In the battle for the championship, Martin placed second five times, a mark he shares with current Hall of Fame member Bobby Allison, and he scored 17 top-10 points finishes during his career. "It makes me proud I was able to be as successful as I was and grateful for the opportunities I had," Martin told Little Rock, Arkansas, radio station KABZ-FM recently. "To be real honest I didn't enjoy a … significant part of my career because I was trying so hard to get that championship because I wanted it, and even more than that, the people who supported me wanted it for me so badly. I saw time running out. "I spent too much of my time focused on that and not enjoying the opportunities I had. Today, when I look back on it I wish I hadn't done that." Martin lost the 1990 title by 26 points to Dale Earnhardt and finished second to the Richard Childress Racing driver again four years later. Other runner-up finishes through the years came against Jeff Gordon , Tony Stewart and Jimmie Johnson . "My life would not be different one bit had I won one of those or not," Martin said. "I had a great career. … I don't think it would have changed a thing in my life had I won one of those trophies. I was very close. I got beat by only four of the greatest of all time in NASCAR in my opinion. … "I'm not embarrassed." Earnhardt was one of five members inducted into the Hall’s inaugural class in 2010. Gordon, a four-time series champion with 93 career victories, retired from driving at the end of 2015 and won't be eligible for Hall of Fame consideration until 2018 and possible induction until '19. Stewart, winner of three premier series titles and co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing , will cease to compete full time in the series following the 2016 season. Johnson is a six-time champion and boasts 77 career wins, including two thus far this season. In addition to his premier series exploits, Martin held the XFINITY Series record for career wins for 14 years and is also a seven-time winner in the Camping World Truck Series. It is his second consecutive appearance on the Hall of Fame ballot. First-year nominees for the 2017 ballot are former Camping World Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday Jr ., team co-owner Jack Roush, driver Ricky Rudd, noted crew chief and engine builder Waddell Wilson and broadcaster Ken Squier. Rounding out the list of nominees are Buddy Baker, Richard Childress, Ray Evernham, Ray Fox, Rick Hendrick, Harry Hyde, Hershel McGriff, Raymond Parks, Larry Phillips, Mike Stefanik and Robert Yates. Also to be determined by the Voting Panel is the 2017 recipient of the Landmark Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to NASCAR. The five nominees are Martinsville Speedway track founder H. Clay Earles, driver Janet Guthrie, team owner Raymond Parks, former RJ Reynolds executive Ralph Seagraves and Squier. The Voting Panel is scheduled to begin the selection process Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. ET at the Charlotte Convention Center. The announcement of those chosen will take place in the NASCAR Hall of Fame's Great Hall (5 p.m. ET, NBCSN). NASCAR.com will also live stream the event: You can watch it live here.
Mark Martin will drive pace car before Coca-Cola 600
RELATED: 2017 NASCAR Hall of Fame class revealed " Event photos Mark Martin 's back in a car this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway -- this time, however, it will be in the pace car. Freshly minted as a selectee in the NASCAR Hall of Fame's Class of 2017, Martin jumped at the opportunity to log laps again before the Coca-Cola 600 -- a race he won in 2002. Martin will lead the field to green for the 57th running of the Coca-Cola 600 and said, "When the speedway called to ask me if I'd do it, my first reaction was 'Hell, yeah!' " "Originally I'd planned to be at Indy, but now I get to do the 'double' in a way, and I can say I'll be driving at Charlotte," Martin said. " Charlotte Motor Speedway was always my favorite race track. I was fortunate enough to have a lot of success there, including winning a Coke 600. Bruton and Marcus always put on a fabulous show, and this will be cool to lead the field to green in front of thousands of fans that I enjoyed racing for all those years." WATCH: Stewart completes Indy-Charlotte 'double' Several drivers, notably including current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competitors Tony Stewart and Kurt Busch , have competed in the Memorial Day Double, racing in both the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 . Stewart was the first to complete all 1,100 miles in one day in 2001. Martin plans to see the start of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday before heading to Charlotte for the Coca-Cola 600 (6 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.)
Bayne honors Martin with Darlington throwback
RELATED: Buy Darlington tickets " '16 throwback schemes " SHOP: Bayne gear Trevor Bayne and Roush Fenway Racing have unveiled the No. 6 AdvoCare Ford that will take the track at Darlington Raceway for the Bojangles' Southern 500 (Sept. 4, 6 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) on Labor Day weekend. Bayne's car will carry the same red, white and blue design that Mark Martin 's Ford did during the 1996 and 1997 seasons in the sport's top series. Martin won four races with the look in the two years. "It's an honor any time you are mentioned alongside Mark Martin ," Bayne said in a team release. "He obviously contributed a lot to Roush Fenway and this organization, so to carry a paint scheme that he ran for the second year in a row is really cool. Our team has been working really hard and running well this season, so I'm hopeful that we can make Mark proud." Last year at Darlington, Bayne honored a different paint scheme that Martin drove in 1998. You can see that paint scheme here . "It's going to be really cool to see that car on the track again at Darlington," Martin said in a team release. "It's always been one of my favorite paint schemes and we had a lot of good times taking that car to Victory Lane and leading a lot of laps during that time. I look at it as a tribute to all the guys that put the hard work in on those cars and gave us the opportunity to go out and compete each week." Check out the original look driven by Martin below.
Martin calls selection 'the crown jewel' of his career
RELATED: Photos from the induction day Mark Martin told the tale more than once on NASCAR Hall of Fame Voting Day this week, about his connection to fellow inductee Benny Parsons. Martin was a teenager -- "a nobody," as he termed it -- with racing dreams carved from his earliest days of wheeling cars on dirt. Parsons, in the prime of his driving career in the mid-1970s, took time for the Arkansas youngster and his father, sharing advice over lunch in his hometown of Ellerbe, North Carolina. Talk about a follow-through. Martin , 57, joined Parsons among the five chosen for induction in the NASCAR Hall of Fame's Class of 2017. "It hasn't soaked in yet," Martin said by telephone Wednesday after the Hall's announcement. "I didn't expect it. It is, by far, the crown jewel of my career and I'm so grateful for the people that helped me get there." Martin wasn't in Charlotte to hear his name called; instead, he was on his way to Indianapolis, reasoning that he wouldn't be among the five inductees this year. Martin was named on 57 percent of the voting panel's ballots, third-most among the 20 nominees. Still, he took the unexpected nature of being selected to heart, saying, "If I would've been on the voting panel, I would've probably voted another way." Martin's credentials -- both his success and his longevity across four decades in NASCAR competition -- eventually won out in just his second year on the ballot. Martin won 40 times in NASCAR's top division and combined for 56 more victories in its other two national series. But Martin acknowledged the gaps in his resume, those that he came heart-wrenchingly close to achieving. Among those were his five runner-up finishes in the championship standings and his 0-for-29 career streak in the Daytona 500 , the sport's most prestigious race. After Wednesday's accomplishment, Martin said that Hall of Fame induction fills any potential voids. "Look, I don't have a Daytona 500 trophy and I don't have a championship trophy, and I said many times that when people would complain about my not having one of those, I would ask the question: 'How would my life be different if I had one?' " Martin said. "And I truly believe that my life would not be very different. But my life will be different from now on because I'm in that Hall, because that is my crown jewel. "That speaks of not one year worth of success, not one great achievement, but a body of work, and that's what I'm proud of."
Drivers react, offer thoughts to Earnhardt Jr.
RELATED: Dale Jr. out at New Hampshire Hendrick Motorsports announced Thursday evening that Dale Earnhardt Jr . would miss this weekend's race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway due to concussion-like symptoms. Drivers, crew chiefs and others were quick to offer their support via social media. Really hate to get an opportunity this way, hope @DaleJr feels better soon. I'm extremely thankful to get a shot with @TeamHendrick — Alex Bowman (@AlexBRacing) July 15, 2016 It won't be the same this weekend, get well bro. @DaleJr — Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) July 15, 2016 Sorry to see this https://t.co/cNFutP72NB — Brad Keselowski (@keselowski) July 14, 2016 Wishing my pal @DaleJr a speedy recovery. Hate that he's gotta go through this but glad to see safety is coming first. — Regan Smith (@ReganSmith) July 15, 2016 Hate to see @DaleJr out this week, have to respect listening to your body when something doesn't seem right though... Get well soon pal. — Chase Elliott (@chaseelliott) July 14, 2016 Thoughts and prayers with @DaleJr and @Amy_Reimann .. — Rodney Childers (@RodneyChilders4) July 14, 2016 Get well soon @DaleJr !!! You will be missed this weekend.. — Tony Gibson (@TonyOldman41) July 14, 2016 Hoping my boss man @DaleJr has a speedy recovery in time to catch those in @IMS next week #watercoolerdale — Elliott Sadler (@Elliott_Sadler) July 14, 2016 Hoping @DaleJr has a speedy recovery. — Cole Pearn (@colepearn) July 14, 2016 Jeez, hope he has a speedy recovery. Scary stuff. https://t.co/gcBaLQiYmk — Parker Kligerman (@pkligerman) July 14, 2016 Hate to see @DaleJr out this week, have to respect listening to your body when something doesn't seem right though... Get well soon pal. I'm very sorry to hear about @DaleJr having to set out. He is a great MAN and I hope he feels the love and respect #NASCAR — Mark Martin (@markmartin) July 15, 2016 I'm very sorry to hear about @DaleJr having to set out. He is a great MAN and I hope he feels the love and respect #NASCAR — Mark Martin (@markmartin) July 15, 2016 I'm very sorry to hear about @DaleJr having to set out. He is a great MAN and I hope he feels the love and respect #NASCAR — Mark Martin (@markmartin) July 15, 2016 — Chase Elliott (@chaseelliott) July 14, 2016 &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
Mark Martin addresses 'Smoke' fill-in rumors
Inside Groove: Racing with an attitude After news broke on Thursday that Tony Stewart would miss the beginning of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season -- his final full-time run before retirement -- due to severe back injuries, chatter began about who might pilot his No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet in the interim. At least we know one driver who won't be putting on a No. 14 firesuit anytime soon -- or any firesuit, really. After giving his fans the subtle hint that he won't be returning to the Daytona 500 , Martin had to firmly clarify what he meant exactly by that confusing two-letter word "no". I don't drive race cars anymore. — Mark Martin (@markmartin) February 4, 2016 But do not fret racing fans, hands are going up for the job.
Martin talks Hall of Fame selection, reconnecting with his NASCAR family
2017 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Mark Martin talks about returning to a NASCAR track for the first time since 2013 and what he's missed in the time since his retirement from the sport.
NASCAR Hall of Fame: Mark Martin
Mark Martin compiled 96 victories across NASCAR's three national series and is one of the best drivers to have never won a championship.
Martin tweets he's not working with Roush drivers
Veteran driver rejoined team in 2014 as driver development coach Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live Mark Martin , a 35-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winner with Roush Fenway Racing (then Roush Racing), said Friday via Twitter that he is no longer with RFR. No. RT @timewarpnut : @markmartin @green31v @JaredLanders777 Mark , are you still going to be working with Rousch drivers this year? — Mark Martin (@markmartin) February 6, 2015 Martin had rejoined the organization this past July, signing on as a driver development coach to work with young drivers Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Trevor Bayne, who will begin his first full-time Cup season this year. At the time, Martin said, "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 team again." Martin , 56, had previously been in a consulting role with Stewart-Haas Racing, the last team he drove for in the Sprint Cup Series. On Saturday, Martin responded to a question on Twitter with the following reason for not wanting to work with Roush anymore. I didn't want to go to the races. I've done enough of that for now. Except for dirt track. RT @dustincary : @markmartin what happen at Roush? — Mark Martin (@markmartin) February 7, 2015 FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule