MARK MARTIN, NO. 8 U.S. ARMY IMPALA SS, met with members of the media at Dover International Speedway and talked about racing at Dover, recent NASCAR penalties, Joey Logano and other subjects. HOW IS YOUR CAR? "We haven't been very impressed so...
MARK MARTIN, NO. 8 U.S. ARMY IMPALA SS, met with members of the media at Dover International Speedway and talked about racing at Dover, recent NASCAR penalties, Joey Logano and other subjects.
HOW IS YOUR CAR? "We haven't been very impressed so far this weekend. This is a really good place for me. What I really like about this race team is, it doesn't matter what we see today or tomorrow, this race team will fight like junk yard dogs, right until the end. We have made some pretty decent showings out of really disappointing performing race cars a time or two this year. Darlington was a good example of that. That is what I love about Tony (Gibson, crew chief) and this team, we are all in this together and we are going to fight for everything we can get."
MARTIN TRUEX, JR., GOT HIS FIRST CUP WIN HERE AT DOVER LAST YEAR AND GOT IN THE CHASE, BUT HE HAS KIND OF STRUGGLED A LITTLE BIG THIS SEASON, WHAT ARE YOU THOUGHTS ON THAT? "I think if you haven't seen that Martin has been fast everywhere this year, you haven't been looking."
HOW MUCH DIFFERENT IS THE FEEL YOU NEED OUT OF THIS CAR COMPARED TO THE OLD CAR HERE AT DOVER: "Not much different, you know. It is not the same race car, but you still try to do the same things with it. You just want to be fast with. You have got to do what you have got to do to make it the best you can make it. Fundamentally, not that much different. You can't certainly say you want it feel like the other car because it is not the other car, but fundamentally, you still want to accomplish the same things the best way you can."
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON ANOTHER TEAM TURNING THE HAAS TEAM TO NASCAR FOR VIOLATIONS? "Back in the old days, we didn't turn each other in. We got like them, you know. That is what we did; our ethics were not to be a tattletale. If someone was doing something and getting away with it, we just did it too. But his is a different day and age. You kind of felt like a man back then. You didn't tell on anybody. If they were getting away with something, you just did it too. Certainly want to follow that same course of action in this day and age with the COT, with the penalty history and everything that is going on here. Things do change.
"Back then if you were doing something and it wasn't being policed or it wasn't whatever, then you figured it was fair game. If they wanted to stop it, they would address it, but now, it is different. It is a different time and day and age."
HAVE YOU GIVEN ANY THOUGHT TO WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO DO NEXT YEAR? "Not really. Just having a blast driving for Tony Gibson, the Army and the DEI bunch has been great. I love this team. It is so much fun to go to the race track, to go to work with them. They are so supportive. They deserve to win and we have been trying to do that."
ANY THOUGHTS ON THE NATIONWIDE RACE TODAY AND JOEY LOGANO'S FIRST START? ARE YOU GOING TO WATCH THE RACE? "Oh yea, oh yea. I am see he is a little disappointed with his qualifying effort, but hopefully he won't be disappointed with his race effort.
"I didn't see his qualifying effort, he is so good he didn't tear the car up, that is the way I look at it, he will be great in the race.'
ARE YOU CONCERNED ABOUT ALL THE EXPECTATIONS PILED ON HIM? "This is nothing for him, just another day at the race track. It could be a quarter-midget, legend car race, whatever, it is ok. The kid can take it. He can do the job. It is not like he is trying to do more. The hype is only there because he has done it, he can do it, and he has done it, that is the only reason the hype is there. It will not break him, they hype won't break him, the kid can do it."
WHAT IS IT ABOUT DOVER THAT MAKES YOU LIKE IT AND BE SUCCESSFUL HERE? "I run good here, that is why I like it, sometimes you don't know the answers to those questions."
-credit: gm racing