Martin leav­ing Roush team

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TAL­LADEGA,Ala. (AP) — Mark Martin has de­cided he isn’t ready to slow down.

The long­time NASCAR star, con­tem­plat­ing re­tire­ment from the Nex­tel Cup se­ries for the past two years, will in­stead leave Roush Rac­ing at the end of this sea­son to drive a par­tial Cup sched­ule for MB2 Mo­tor­sports in 2007.

“What I’m go­ing to do now gives me the op­por­tu­nity to stay in Cup on a lim­ited ba­sis with great flex­i­bil­ity,” Martin said. “What I want to do now doesn’t fit in with what’s go­ing on at Roush Rac­ing.”

Martin, 47, will share the ride in the No. 01 U.S. Army Chevro­let with rookie Re­gan Smith. Martin said he will drive 22 of the 36 Cup races in 2007.

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