Loudon II: Mark Martin pre-Chase quotes

Quoting Martin on the Chase "We have a championship contending crew chief and team and we are ready to go see what we can do with this thing. Our first goal was to get in the chase and we've accomplished that. Now it's time to shift our focus to...

Quoting Martin on the Chase

"We have a championship contending crew chief and team and we are ready to go see what we can do with this thing. Our first goal was to get in the chase and we've accomplished that. Now it's time to shift our focus to winning that championship and I'm excited about going out and seeing what we can do."

On the Chase Tracks: "There are six or seven for sure that we are really strong and that we are excited about going to. Actually we feel pretty good right now about everywhere except for Talladega, which is sort of a crap shoot. All the rest of the races we feel really good about."

On what it will take to win the Chase: "The thing is that you probably can't win every race. So what you have to do is perform at the very best of your ability and hope that the cards are delt that you can play and use well. That's all there really is to it. You will try to win every race, but it's not going to happen. With the competition level what it is, you just have to go out there and hope that you are mechanically sound and that you miss all the wrecks and hope that you make all the right decisions behind the steering wheel and you have to hope that the team is 'on it' throughout."

This year vs. last year: "The cards we were delt this year are much better. Last year we had so many failures that we got so far behind and we had to fight our way in at the last minute. We had to use all of our resources just to get there. This year we've been able to save a lot of our resources. We have more really awesome cars lined up for the chase than we had last year and we have more tests. We were basically pretty much out of tests last year. We have a lot more in the reserves going into this thing."

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Mark Martin