Martin delays retirement plans

Four-times NASCAR runner-up Mark Martin has put his retirement plans on hold for another season after his Roush Racing team said that they want him to drive again next year

Martin delays retirement plans

Martin had hoped to hang up his helmet at the end of this season but with his outfit having failed to find a suitable replacement in time he will compete in his 19th season in 2006. He will be replaced by Todd Kluever in 2007.

"I love my team and Jack Roush too much to leave them with a total empty hole for 2006," Martin said of his decision to return.

Kluever is clearly delighted at the opportunity he will get in 2007, even though he has the responsibility of taking over from Martin.

"I consider the No. 6 car to be one of the top-five most legendary cars in NASCAR history," Kluever said. "I don't think that anybody will be able to replace Mark Martin. He has big shoes to fill, but I'll do my best to try."

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