MARK MARTIN -- No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion (Qualified 2nd) HOW WAS THAT RUN? "It was great. I didn't notice any wind or anything. The car worked fantastic. I can tell you that this makes 19 years that I've been in that 6 car and obviously I take...
MARK MARTIN -- No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion (Qualified 2nd)
HOW WAS THAT RUN?
"It was great. I didn't notice any wind or anything. The car worked fantastic. I can tell you that this makes 19 years that I've been in that 6 car and obviously I take it for granted from being in it for so long, but something like that -- to drive a car like that -- really reminds me of what an honor it is to drive that 6 car. I've been really lucky for a long, long time to be strapping in that thing and that reminded me just how lucky I am."
IT HAD BEEN FIVE YEARS YESTERDAY SINCE YOUR LAST POLE. MAYBE WE SHOULD ASK BIFFLE WHY HE DIDN'T LET YOU HAVE IT AND LET YOU IN THE SHOOTOUT NEXT YEAR.
"I've said all along that the Bud Shootout and the All-Star race were races that I was interested in doing, so even if I would have been gone truck racing I would have wanted to be in the shootout. But let me tell you one thing, though, talking about Biffle letting me have a pole. Listen, that ain't gonna happen. I don't know if you all were paying attention at the banquet last year at New York but listen, every driver's nightmare is to wake up every day knowing that they've got to race against Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards and now Jamie McMurray in the same stuff. I'll be honest with you, when I found out that Biffle hadn't gone yet, I knew I was had because nobody gets on the wheel like Greg Biffle."
A NICE COMEBACK FROM LAST WEEK TO PUT IT BEHIND YOU.
"Last week's race was beyond making me mad. I mean, it was just beyond that. Now I will say that last year in the chase when we went into there second or third or whatever we were in the points and wrecking before the first pit stop, I had real trouble with that for a long time. But this race I blew off because we've run so good this year. We've scored a lot of points and it was just so out there that I couldn't even get mad about it. We ran great. We ran OK in the test here. We ran great at Phoenix and we came back here and we worked a little bit more after learning some things at Phoenix and tried to make some additional adjustments that maybe made the car a little bit better. As Casey (Mears) said, he ran the same speed he did in the test. When I tried to qualify in the test, I ran a .40 and I thought I was gonna be last place. I thought I'd have to use a provisional here, so those little changes that we made to the car moved us way up the grid. Some of that is just luck and some of that is magic. You strap into that 6 car and sometimes there's magic dust flying around."