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Martin to take in full 2010 schedule

Hendrick Motorsports has confirmed that veteran racer Mark Martin will continue to drive the #5 Chevrolet for a full NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule in 2010.

It will mark the 22nd full-time Cup campaign for Martin, and the second with car owner Rick Hendrick as part of the multi-year agreement he signed with the team last July.

The initial deal for the 50-year-old had been for a full season in 2009 followed by a part-time schedule of 26 events next year, before a revised deal was agreed earlier this week.

"Week in and week out, Mark continues to be one of the best race car drivers in the world," Hendrick said. "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."

Martin, who has one victory, three pole positions and five top-10 finishes through 10 races in 2009, will continue to work alongside crew chief Alan Gustafson in 2010. Gustafson has led the #5 team since 2005, recording five wins and two berths in NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup.

"It means a lot to drive the #5 Chevy for Rick and for Hendrick Motorsports," Martin said. "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."

The sponsorship line-up for the #5 has yet to be determined.


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