By AMANDA VINCENT
Former NASCAR driver Mark Martin was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America on Thursday during a ceremony at the Fillmore Theater in Detroit. He was honored during the ceremony by former Roush Fenway Racing teammate, Jeff Burton.
“I am overwhelmed by the news that I’m getting into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, especially with this 2015 class of inductees,” Martin said. “I have a lot of respect for each.”
Other inductees included Ricky Carmichael, Walker Evans, Warren Johnson, Tommy Kendall, Duke Nalon and Lloyd Ruby.
Martin, a Batesville, Ark., native, competed at NASCAR’s Cup level for 31 years, last taking to the track in 2013 in a fill-in role for the injured Tony Stewart. During his career, he posted 40 wins, 271 top-fives and 453 top-10 finishes. He finished second in the NASCAR Cup championship points standings five times and is regarded by many as the best NASCAR driver to never win a champioinship.
Martin is a five-time Internatioinal Race of Champions (IROC) champion, including three straight titles between 1996 and 1998. He also is a three-time American Speed Association (ASA) title holder, winning championships in 1978, 1979 and 1986.
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