Martin 'salutes' Edwards on Atlanta wins

Martin 'Salutes' Edwards On Stellar Weekend In Atlanta CONCORD, N.C. (March 23, 2005) -- Mark Martin left last weekend's race in Atlanta with a solid fourth-place finish and a top-five position in Nextel Cup points race. So far this season ...

Martin 'Salutes' Edwards On Stellar Weekend In Atlanta

CONCORD, N.C. (March 23, 2005) -- Mark Martin left last weekend's race in Atlanta with a solid fourth-place finish and a top-five position in Nextel Cup points race. So far this season Martin's "Salute" Tour is off to a great start, but make no mistake -- the story last weekend in Atlanta was Martin's Roush counterpart Carl Edwards. Edwards turned in one of the most impressive weekends in recent NASCAR history, taking the checkered flag in both Saturday's Busch race and Sunday's Cup event, and doing each in grand fashion, come-from-behind wins.

"Carl Edwards is a great race car driver and a great person," said Martin. "I sat in the media center after the Busch race at Las Vegas and I told everyone that I felt he would win a Cup race this season and I guess he made me look pretty good.

"I realize and can identify with what Carl was able to accomplish last weekend," added Martin. "He got the biggest win of his career, through grit and determination on Saturday, after suffering a disappointment the week before in the Busch race. I can sure identify with all of that.

"There's no doubt, that type of weekend is a once in a lifetime thing," added Martin. "And to have him come back and win surely on grit and a ton of determination on Sunday with such an exciting finish, it's just amazing.

"He's been giving the type of performance that it takes to get it done. I've been around this thing for a long time and I'm not always right, but usually I can see things coming and it wasn't really all that hard to predict that Carl would soon be going to victory lane. He's been driving his heart out and Bob (Osborne) and that entire No. 99 team have just done a great job."

Sunday's win was Edward's first in the Nextel Cup Series, but the 76th for Jack Roush and Roush Racing. Martin remembers win number one, when he took the No. 6 into victory lane on October 22, 1989.

"That was a great day, but it was kind of a Kasey Kahne type story, where it seemed like we ran second all of the time -- about six times I think -- before we got our first win. It was definitely a breakthrough, but it wasn't as memorable as a couple of the other ones. Really it had been coming and was so overdue. To be honest it was more a relief than a celebration. But we were able to do that and Jack has been able to get a lot of wins since then and hopefully there will be plenty more for this organization down the road."

Roush Racing is a subsidiary of Livonia, Mich., based Roush Industries that operates ten motorsports teams; five in NASCAR Nextel Cup with drivers Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch, Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards; three in the Busch Series with Martin, Kenseth and Edwards, and two in the Craftsman Truck Series with drivers Ricky Craven and Todd Kluever.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Greg Biffle , Kurt Busch , Ricky Craven , Kasey Kahne , Carl Edwards , Jack Roush , Mark Martin