Mark Martin Confirmed for Full 2010 Drive with Hendrick

Hendrick Motorsports have confirmed that Mark Martin will drive his No 5 Chevrolet full-time for both the 2009 and 2010 Sprint Cup seasons, earlier this week. Although he was initially scheduled to run a full season this year and only 26 races the next one, Martin's impressive run this season has convinced team owner Rick Hendrick that he deserves another shot at winning the Cup title in 2010.

Martin has won one race this season and made one more Top 5 appearance, while also clinching 3 pole positions. He is currently 15th overall in the point standings.

It means a lot to drive the No. 5 Chevy for Rick and for Hendrick Motorsports. I'm in the best condition of my life, I'm recharged, and I'm motivated. Going to the racetrack every weekend is still really fun, and that's the key. There's more gas in my tank,” said Martin, who this year became the 3rd oldest driver to win a Sprint Cup race after taking the chequered flag at Phoenix.

Of course, the news can only mean Brad Keselowski, the driver expected to share the No 5 Chevy drive with Martin next year, will have to find another Cup spot for 2010. The Michigan-based driver has made 4 starts for Hendrick Motorsports this season, clinching an impressive win at Talladega late last month.

Nevertheless, Hendrick seems more enthused about keeping Martin on board rather than continue his collaboration with Keselowski.

Week in and week out, Mark continues to be one of the best race car drivers in the world. He's already made an incredible contribution to Hendrick Motorsports, and our entire company is excited about running another full season and winning races with him in 2010,” said the team's owner.

Martin's full sponsorship for his 2010 campaign is yet to be finalized by Hendrick.
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