MARK MARTIN, NO. 5 GODADDY.COM CHEVROLET, met with members of the media at Dover International Speedway and discussed racing at Dover, All Star race, different on-track strategies for different drivers and other topics. WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON...
MARK MARTIN, NO. 5 GODADDY.COM CHEVROLET, met with members of the media at Dover International Speedway and discussed racing at Dover, All Star race, different on-track strategies for different drivers and other topics.
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON DOVER? "I love it. Debatably my favorite race track on the circuit. I like it, I like racing on it. I always have from the first time I came here. The banking, you can drive it very aggressively. It fits my style."
IS THIS A VERY PHYSICAL RACE TRACK? "I think you can drive it really aggressively. The concrete makes it a little more tricky. Always a concrete service is a little bit more high grip. When the tire starts to slip, it really breaks away which makes it more physical for the driver because he has to react sooner and can't slide the car as much."
WHAT ARE THE KEYS TO VICTORY HERE AT DOVER? "It is like everywhere else, everything is the key. Really, to be honest with you, same thing as everywhere else, you have to beat everybody through the corners to have the best car, you have to have good everything. Gas mileage, pit stops, everything. In that way, it's not different than any other oval track that we race on."
DOES THE NEW PIT ROAD ADD ANYTHING TO YOUR RACE HERE? "I really guess it doesn't, because I had forgotten it was here. It must have not a major impact. It certainly better, safer, greatly needed improvement. I don't think it really has a huge effect other than maybe hopefully fewer cars will get torn up coming in and out pit road."
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON BRIAN VICKERS AND THE BLOOD CLOT PROBLEM HE HAS? "Our pit crew coach, Mark Mullen, has had something we think is sort of similar, so we have had experience with that this year. I was somewhat familiar with what we think Brian's situation is."
DO YOU HAVE ANY CONCERNS ABOUT HAVING A SITUATION LIKE THAT? "No, they say if you have a nervous fidget, you are fine. So there is no humanly possible way I could have that problem with the way I shake my legs. (LAUGHS)
WHAT ARE SOME THINGS THAT DRIVERS CAN DO ON THE TRACK TO MESS EACH OTHER UP? "You have to talk to the masters at that, they would be much better than I would to answer those kinds of questions."
WHO ARE THE MASTERS? "I don't know, you would probably know. You are doing more research on this than I am. One of the masters is gone unfortunately, that would be (Dale, Sr.) Earnhardt. He's the one that would come to my mind, but I don't know currently who might. I guess I am oblivious to those kinds of things."
SO DOES THAT NOT GO ON AS MUCH AS IT DID? "I'm not saying that is doesn't, I'm saying I don't pay a lot of attention to that. I'm focused on other things so I don't pay a lot of attention to that. But, that just means I am kind of a simple person, my mind is not that complex and I'm focusing on some different things rather than being tripped up by the competition or tripping up the competition. I'm focused on trying to outrun them instead."
IF SOMEONE CATCHES YOU, DO YOU WORRY ABOUT TEACHING THEM SOMETHING YOU ARE DOING TO BE FAST? "If someone is catching me, I hope they run my life because they are doing something better than me. If they are catching me, I don't think I'll be teaching them anything. If they are catching me, I might try and take their line away from them, but I certainly wouldn't be concerned about teaching them anything. I'm a simple guy. I'm not saying there are aspects of this deal that I am overlooking. (LAUGHS) I'm not making that claim. I'm sure there are aspects of this deal that I overlook. I focus on the things that serve me well. Probably there are some things that would serve me well that I don't focus on but I'm too thick headed to realize it."
IS THAT SOMETHING YOU HAVE DONE IN THE CAR IS FOCUS ON THE THINGS THAT SERVE YOU WELL? "I've always done that. Outside the race car as well. I used to build my own race cars and used to be my own chassis man coming up through the years. I always did that. You can't do everything. You can only do, for me as stupid as I am (SMILES), I can only do so much so I pick the things that really matter. That really worked for me and those are the things that I focused on and I really tried to not even see the things that didn't. That is how I did things all through the years. It served me well, I am a simple-minded guy. I know I can only handle so much information well, so, I try to keep it narrowed down to the stuff that really works for me."
WHAT IS IT ABOUT THE ALL STAR RACE THAT MAKES IT SO APPEALING TO DRIVERS? "I don't know, the event is just an incredible event. It is so much fun. The adrenaline, excitement, the fans-their support of it and enthusiasm. I think it is that, the electricity of the whole thing."
DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE ALL STAR RACE MEMORY? "I have a lot of great memories. We won twice and both of them were very exciting and rewarding."
-source: gm racing