Mark Martin, driver of the No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion, is fourth in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series point standings and is only eight points out of third. He spoke about the weekend before Friday's first practice session. MARK MARTIN -- No. 6...
Mark Martin, driver of the No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion, is fourth in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series point standings and is only eight points out of third. He spoke about the weekend before Friday's first practice session.
MARK MARTIN -- No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THIS WEEKEND? "I'm feeling pretty good. I've got a pretty good team here with these AAA guys and we're off to a pretty good start."
HOW DO YOU LIKE THIS PLACE? "It's all right. I've got some that I like better and I've got some that I don't like as much. It is home for me. I've had some good races here and have some really great memories, but then I've had some really big disappointments here."
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THESE NEXT 10 RACES AND THE CHASE? "The next 10 are important, but the first 10 make the next 10 more important. If you did the right things in the first 10, then there wouldn't be any real stress in the last 10. There are 26 races and it's an accumulation. It doesn't matter which race you do good in or which race you do bad in, if you do an overall good job and you have some good luck, then you should be there."
ARE YOU SURE YOU DON'T WANT TO RE-THINK YOUR DEAL FOR NEXT YEAR? "I'm not thinking about it."
ARE YOU GLAD HOW IT WORKED OUT NOW? "I couldn't tell you what my life would be like if all I was doing was the Craftsman Truck Series. I don't know. I've had a really, really good relationship with AAA and had the opportunity to work on teen driver safety and other traffic safety issues that are important to me. I've driven some great race cars and we're halfway through it. I couldn't tell you what I might do in 2007 for sure."
DO YOU THINK ABOUT AS GOOD AS THINGS ARE GOING THAT THEY COULD TURN BAD FAST? "I've known that all along. We're not secure. We've got to continue to have good runs and we've got to have great performances. We've had that most of the year, but we haven't had it every race. We've got to continue to have great performances if we're gonna make it."