Mark Martin, driver of the No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion, has two NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series wins at Atlanta Motor Speedway and comes into this weekend fifth in the point standings. He held a Q&A session behind his hauler shortly before Friday's ...
Mark Martin, driver of the No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion, has two NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series wins at Atlanta Motor Speedway and comes into this weekend fifth in the point standings. He held a Q&A session behind his hauler shortly before Friday's practice.
MARK MARTIN -- No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion
CAN YOU BREAK DOWN WHY YOU LIKE THIS TRACK SO MUCH? "I like the mile-and-a-half race tracks and this is very much a handling race track. I hate tracks that aren't handling race tracks, but this is huge for handling and that's the big reason."
DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE GROOVE HERE OR DOES IT DEPEND ON HOW YOUR CAR IS WORKING? "It's multiple grooves for those guys, but it's only one groove for me -- the bottom. Win, lose or indifferent that's where I'll be."
HOW HAS THE TRUCK BEEN SO FAR THIS YEAR? "We got off to a good start. We've had a great effort by Mike Beam and the Scotts team. We've got a really nice Ford truck there and we're having fun, but we could have been not as fortunate and not won either race, so you can't be a total hog. You have to be realistic about it. We've been blessed with great performance and good opportunities and things worked out for us."
WILL IT BE HARD TO HAND THE STEERING WHEEL TO DAVID RAGAN? "No. I'm pretty busy. It's not gonna be too hard for me. I just don't really have a hard time with watching these races because I've got so much going on. I think I'll be fine."
DO THINGS CHANGE MUCH GOING FROM TRUCK TO CAR AS FAR AS YOUR LINE ON THE TRACK? "The Busch car to the Cup car is not a big change. It's never a problem. The truck is. It is big. It's a big difference."
WHAT ABOUT THE IROC CAR? "The IROC car is a car is a car is a car, but the truck is different. I don't drop that in the same category as Busch. Cup and IROC, that's all different but it's not a big deal. The truck is really a bit different."
CARL WAS THE KING HERE LAST YEAR. DOES IT MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO COME TO A PLACE WHERE YOU'VE RUN WELL, ESPECIALLY IF YOU'RE STRUGGLING? "It depends on Carl's confidence. He might come in here worried that he wouldn't live up to his expectations, or he might come in here with great confidence knowing that he was gonna live up to his expectation. So it depends on the individual. Certainly the result is more important than how you feel about things."
DO YOU THINK IT'S GOING TO BE HARD FOR CARL TO COME BACK AND HAVE A SEASON LIKE LAST YEAR? "Carl ran real good in California and he ran good or fine at Daytona. He had one bad race and I don't think that means anything just because he had one bad race. I think you're just getting ahead of yourself on that. Just because he's not stacked up in the points doesn't mean he's not gonna get there and have the great success that we all know he will have."
HOW DO YOU STAY FRESH ON A DAY LIKE TODAY WITH THREE PRACTICES, TWO QUALIFYING SESSIONS AND THEN A RACE TONIGHT? "I laid down for about 45 minutes a while ago and I took half of a Goody's powder, so I'm ready to go now."
ARE YOU A CAT NAPPER? "Yeah, I don't always go to sleep but I do rest. I don't really go to sleep, but I definitely do like to lay down if I can for a half-hour or so and re-charge my battery."