Charlotte II: Martin - Thursday media visit

Mark Martin, No. 01 U.S. Army Monte Carlo SS, met with members of the media at Lowe's Motor Speedway and discussed relationships with the older drivers, his schedule for next year, what he's learned about Dale Earnhardt, Jr., international racing...

Mark Martin, No. 01 U.S. Army Monte Carlo SS, met with members of the media at Lowe's Motor Speedway and discussed relationships with the older drivers, his schedule for next year, what he's learned about Dale Earnhardt, Jr., international racing stars coming into the series and whether or not they can be competitive, whether or not Montoya could make the top12 next year, whether or not the Chase reflects the best driver from the regular season, whether Jeff Gordon or Jimmie Johnson will win the Chase, talking to Aric Almirola and what he may bring to the team, on being impatient, how this year has been for him, starting the season leading the points, the best thing he's been able to do with his spare time, the races he did and did not want to go to, how he spends time with his son, whether or not his son races, if he watches the races that he doesn't go to and his impression of the recent Talladega race.

Select quotes from driver interview:

DO YOU HAVE A SET SCHEDULE FOR NEXT YEAR? "Yeah, you can pretty much copy this one, the '07 for '08. But Kevin can get it for you if you don't have that. It's basically the same schedule, same races. Same 26 races - two All-Star events and 24 point races."

CAN YOU TALK ABOUT HOW THIS YEAR HAS GONE FOR YOU? "This has been the best year of my life by far. I can't believe that the season is winding down. It's the first one that I can remember in forever that I have felt that way and it's because I've had a chance to have a break and because I've been so happy. It's certainly been the best year of my life. I've really enjoyed working with the U.S. Army team and making the move to a new group. Working with Chevy, all the changes have been all positive for me. Being able to be a part of Dale Earnhardt, Inc. is a real honor for me. It's a challenge. It opens up a new challenge. There are things there that I will be able to do probably for a long time based on my amount of experience that I have and all the youth that is there in the company at this time. They have great, fabulous people and talent in all aspects of the company and they welcome me with open arms. The wealth of experience I have, to bring to that. I'm living a dream."

DO YOU WATCH THE RACES YOU DON'T ATTEND? "Every one. Every practice, every qualifying, every pre-race show, the race. I'm a race fan."

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Jeff Gordon , Jimmie Johnson , Aric Almirola , Mark Martin