Phoenix: Mark Martin race report

Martin Finishes 12th in COT Debut Veteran moves from 11th to 10th in Nextel Cup points PHOENIX (April 21, 2007) -- Despite problems that Mark Martin encountered in his Car of Tomorrow (COT) debut Saturday night, thesavvy U.S. Army driverstill ...

Martin Finishes 12th in COT Debut
Veteran moves from 11th to 10th in Nextel Cup points

PHOENIX (April 21, 2007) -- Despite problems that Mark Martin encountered in his Car of Tomorrow (COT) debut Saturday night, thesavvy U.S. Army driverstill managed to pull off a respectable 12th-place finish at Phoenix International Raceway.

Martin, whomissed NASCAR's previous two COT races (Bristol and Martinsville) as part of his limited 2007 schedule with Ginn Racing, is 10th in the Nextel Cup driver standings.In the six races in whichhe has competed, Martin has averaged a 6.16 finish. In owner points, the 01 Army team is ranked fifth.

"That was a pretty hard racetonight," said Martin. "We never really did get a handle on the car, and we just weren't able to get going all night. I couldn't get the Army Chevy to hook up coming off turn) four like we were able to do during Friday's practice. We still have work to do on our Car of Tomorrow program, but we'll keep plugging away and get better."

"Still, Ryan Pemberton, crew chief) did a great jobcalling the race and the pit crew was once again awesome," added Martin. "When you don't have it all together and still finish 12th, that says something about the quality of this team. We'relike our soldiers, we never give up."

Martin started the racer 10th, butwas never able to gethis U.S. Army Chevrolet dialed in on the one-mile oval. Heran in the mid to high teens for the majority of the 312-lap event before gaining track position late in the race to finish 12th. It was the first time in six races that he failedto post a top-10 result.

Martin will take off next weekend's race at Talladega. He will return to action the following week in Richmond. Regan Smith will pilot the 01 car at Talladega Superspeedway in the Aaron's 499 -- Sunday, April 29.

-credit: gr

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Regan Smith , Mark Martin