Tag Archives: Mark Martin

Top Ten Reasons Mark Martin Signed With Hendrick and GoDaddy.com through 2011

*10.* Wanted to keep Keselowski in a Penske PoS for another two years. *9.* Put a bug in Rick’s ear that Danica is probably just as big a cash cow as Junior. *8.* He isn’t eligible to qualify for NASCAR’s pension plan yet. *7.* Gets off on teasing others his age (or younger) that _have_ retired.

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Strong Chase Starts Not Always A Recipe For Championship Success

Following his fifth win of the season at Loudon this past Sunday, Mark Martin was sure he was dreaming. He had just won a race on one of the five tracks he had yet to score a victory on in the Sprint Cup Series, firing the first round in the 10-race Chase most never thought he'd be a part of again, much less lead the standings heading into Dover this weekend. In three prior playoff appearances, his best finish was a seventh in 2005, so this would surely help get things rolling towards that title that has eluded him in three different decades, right? “It’s a great way to start, but it’s one of 10, and it ain’t that big of a deal …” Ah, _there_ he is. The old Mark Martin...

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2009 Sylvania 300 Edition

Was that New Hampshire we witnessed on Sunday? Was that the same track that, at times, has lent itself to single-file boredom? Especially in the closing laps, Sunday’s Sylvania 300 was a barnburner with Chasers Mark Martin, Denny Hamlin, and Juan Pablo Montoya sparring against each other for the lead. And while Martin went to Victory Lane, seven other Chasers filled out the rest of the top 10 while all but Kasey Kahne finished in the top 20. Meanwhile, a couple of other drivers also had surprising runs and Kyle Busch had a quiet but solid day, establishing himself as the likely Chase spoiler of those drivers on the outside looking in. So, as the Cup Series leaves the Granite State for the final time this year, let's take a look at this week’s *HOT*, *WARM*, and *NOT* drivers.

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Running Their Mouth: 2009 Sylvania 300 at Loudon

_Each week, we’ll go through media reports, interviews, PR, and all of our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Sprint Cup race, capturing the story of how the weekend unfolded. It’s the most original commentary you’ll ever find: the truth, coming straight out of the mouths of the drivers, crew members, and car owners themselves. This week, here’s a peek at what they all were thinking following the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway:_ "Alan (Gustafson, crew chief) won that race--that's all I got to say. He took a driver that can't drive Loudon and put a set-up in it that we could run along reasonable. This is a very frustrating race track. I can't believe we won that race. It couldn't be easy. We had to have three caution restarts and all kinds of chances for me to mess up. And I did, but just, I guess, not enough to lose." _Mark Martin_

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Numbers Game: 2009 Sylvania 300 at Loudon

1 Cars moved to the rear of the field at the start of the Sylvania 300. (No. 37 – Tony Raines for an engine change) 2 Drivers failed to qualify for the Sylvania 300. (No. 75 – Derrike Cope; No. 51 – Dexter Bean) 2 Number of times winner Mark …

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The Question that is Getting Old in NASCAR

“Do you think it’s possible that somebody of Mark Martin’s age can win a Sprint Cup?” “Is it probable that someone as young as Joey Logano could win a Cup?” “Does your age give you an advantage over the younger racers?” “Are you willing to work with somebody much younger …

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Montoya AND Mystery Debris? The Perfect Formula For NASCAR To Ruin Martin’s Hollywood Story … Not

Mark Martin’s been through the pain too many times before. Forgive him, then, for breathing the biggest sigh of relief after somehow surviving round one of NASCAR’s ten-race prizefight known as the Chase to the Championship. For after a picture-perfect race that left him a shoo-in for a season-high fifth victory, it seemed the stars were aligned for a devastating disappointment once again. At first, there was the mystery debris caution with 23 laps to go that took a brilliant pit strategy and left it on the cusp of combustion. As usual per television broadcasts as of late, the debris was never shown to the fans and left to the viewer to “trust” NASCAR was making the right decision. So why did the scanners of several drivers blow up quicker than Kanye West’s career after the MTV Music Awards? Between the lines of the yellow flag chatter ran a general theme amongst the garage: NASCAR couldn’t let this race run to its conclusion without an exciting finish.

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Five Points to Ponder: 2009 Sylvania 300 at Loudon Edition

*ONE: Can a winless driver (Montoya, Edwards, Newman, Biffle) win the championship?* *_Fan Vote -- YES: 57%; NO: 43%_* One of the criticisms of the current points format is that there is not enough emphasis put on victories, allowing four winless drivers to cruise into the Chase while multiple race winners are left on the outside looking in. Putting opinions of the system aside, I polled fans during the live blog on whether or not one of those winless drivers could capture the championship.

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