MARK MARTIN, NO. 8 U.S. ARMY IMPALA SS met with media and discussed driving for DEI, racing at Atlanta, giving Dale Earnhardt Jr and JR Motorsports their first win, safety at race tracks, the No. 99 Carl Edwards penalty, and more. ON DRIVING FOR...
MARK MARTIN, NO. 8 U.S. ARMY IMPALA SS met with media and discussed driving for DEI, racing at Atlanta, giving Dale Earnhardt Jr and JR Motorsports their first win, safety at race tracks, the No. 99 Carl Edwards penalty, and more.
ON DRIVING FOR DALE EARNHARDT, INC. AND RACING A PART TIME SCHEDULE: "The Army is supporting the scenario of me racing part time and I am doing the same schedule as last year. I am really happy with it. I couldn't possibly have a better life. Aric (Almirola) is going to be fine. This is such a great team and they are behind him 100%. I think Aric is going to have a career around there."
ON RACING AT ATLANTA MOTOR SPEEDWAY: "I love this place, I think everybody does, I don't think that is unique to me. It is a great place to race. I happy to be here and can't wait to get out there.
"It is the size and the shape, the banking, the transitions - the old pavement, thank goodness. I hope they never pave it, or at least until after I completely and totally quit driving and hang up my helmet. But not before then."
ON HAVING A QUIET WEEKEND AT ATLANTA: "I am really taking it easy this weekend, just the Cup car. I will stay in tune with Tony Gibson and the Army team here and try to get us a win on Sunday. I would be nice for us to get our first win as a team here, but it just depends on how strong we can be."
ON GIVING DALE EARNHARDT, JR AND JR MOTORSPORTS THEIR FIRST WIN: "it was my first NASCAR win in a Chevrolet too, I am pretty sure. It really means a lot to me because Dale, Jr. has given me way respect that I deserve all through the years. I really don't know what it is. It meant a lot to me for Dale, Jr. and Rick Hendrick. I know he wanted that so badly. We were close last year with two second-place finishes. I look forward to being a part of that hopefully more than four more races, that is what we have on the schedule now. Hopefully I can continue to be a part of something that huge for years to come."
ON WHAT MORE CAN BE DONE REGARDING SAFETY AT RACE TRACKS INCLUDING SOFT WALLS ON THE INSIDE: "I really think, the soft walls would be nice, they would be nice. But I don't think there should be any discussion about the breaks in the interior walls. It just looks like a no-brainer to me, and it should have been done a while back when Jeff Fuller, or whoever it was, hit that one wall there at Kentucky, or wherever it was, the opening. He is so lucky to have survived that. It is such an easy fix. It is so much easier than soft walls, for example. I just don't know why that couldn't be done in a week. Just take the openings and turn them, it just seems like a fairly easy fix to me.
"Instead the opening being parallel to the race track, it needs to be outside and inside. You need to drive the vehicles out parallel to the track. Then there is no opening. That to me is just easy compared to some of these major undertakings. I think that is something that should have already been done and could be done very easily."
ON PENALTY TO 99 CAR: "That is not my area of expertise, I am a competitor. That is NASCAR's deal."
ON HAVING EVER HAD AN ISSUE WITH LID ACTUALLY COMING OFF THE OIL RESERVOIR: "No, I haven't. That is not my area. I am a competitor. We race. NASCAR officiates. That is the way it has always been. I have been on that penalizing side before myself as a competitor and it is what it is. They are the ones that handle all of that."
-credit: gm racing