NASCAR & Auto Racing

Mark Martin’s schedule the same for ‘08

Mark Martin plans to run the same 26 races in 2008 as is running this season – 24 of the 36 points races, the Budweiser Shootout and the all-star race in May at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.

Aric Almirola will drive the remaining 12 points race in the No. 01 Chevrolet for Dale Earnhardt Inc.

Martin called this year – his first not running a full scheduled in Cup since 1987 – “the best year of my life by far.”

“I can’t believe the season is winding down,” Martin said.

“It’s the first one that I can remember in forever that I have felt that way and it’s because I’ve had a chance to have a break and because I’ve been so happy. Being able to be a part of Dale Earnhardt Inc. is a real honor for me. It opens up a new challenge.”