MARK MARTIN - No. 6 Viagra Taurus (Finished 2nd) "For us, we had a great race and such a good team effort today. We had great pit stops and I'm just blessed with such a great group of guys like Pat Tryson and Wally Brown and Todd Zeigler and...
MARK MARTIN - No. 6 Viagra Taurus (Finished 2nd)
"For us, we had a great race and such a good team effort today. We had great pit stops and I'm just blessed with such a great group of guys like Pat Tryson and Wally Brown and Todd Zeigler and Jack Roush for providing me the tools that I need at the right time. I'm feeling pretty good right now. That's what we needed to do after Loudon. We knew what we probably were gonna do at Loudon and we also knew what we could do here and we came and did what we might have. I would have liked to have given Ryan a run for his money on that last restart. I thought that we could, but, boy, was I wrong."
EIGHT RACES TO GO. WHAT DO YOU FOCUS ON NEXT WEEK?
"For us it's don't wreck and try to finish high (laughing). We're gonna go in there knowing that our car is not gonna be one that will drive to the front and stay there, so we'll be in that pack moving around all day - front to the back, front to the back, front to the back. In two of the races we finished fifth and sixth in the two races that we finished and I hope we can do that good again. If we can, we'll go get 'em the next week."
WILL CONSISTENT TOP FIVE FINISHES WIN THIS TITLE?
"That'll do it. It might get done some other way, but that'll do it - if you can do that."
HOW BAD IS PIT ROAD ENTRANCE HERE?
"I'd like to take that one because I've been coming here for 20 years - 22 years - and it's the same as it has always been, except now we have to be down to 35 miles and hour at those cones. That's what the extra difficulty is. When you didn't have to be slowed to the first pit stall or whatever, you had a decel area there, but now you just really have to discipline yourself. I don't want to make any mistakes, so on my green-flag stop, I'm sure I got beat coming in there, but I was in granny-low by the time I got down on that flat. I had already seen people have problems and I certainly didn't want to wind up like those guys, so you have to be thinking all the time. Everybody in the top 10 has to be on their toes. You may have some bad luck in those last 10 races, but you definitely can't bring something on yourself."
IF YOU WIN THE TITLE THIS YEAR AS A SENIOR DRIVER, WOULD YOU CONSIDER RETIRING?
"About the only way I would consider retiring is if I finished 40th in the points. It's a good thing to be challenging to win. If I had a year like last year, I was pretty miserable, but we have some things to sort out over the next four to six weeks, but retirement is not what I'm sorting out. That's not what I'm sorting out. We're sorting some things out, but it's not retirement. I know a lot of people are speculating that, but that's not exactly it."
IF YOU COULD WIN THE DAYTONA 500 OR THE TITLE, WHICH WOULD IT BE?
"I need to do both and I still have time."
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON HOW SPEEDING ON PIT ROAD IS DETERMINED?
"I would be in favor, if they go to something that is black and white. I would definitely, really only in favor if we could have speed buttons in the car like the other cars have - like Indy cars. All of those guys have a button that they can push and it holds the thing at that speed because if it's gonna be one mile an hour, I can't do it. I can't comply, so if we had that, then everything would really be accurate but that's high tech."