This Week in Ford Racing May 31, 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Mark Martin, driver of the No. 6 Viagra Taurus, is the defending champion of this weekend's MBNA 400 at Dover International Speedway after winning last year's race in dramatic...
This Week in Ford Racing
May 31, 2005
NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series
Mark Martin, driver of the No. 6 Viagra Taurus, is the defending champion of this weekend's MBNA 400 at Dover International Speedway after winning last year's race in dramatic fashion.
Even though Tony Stewart led three times for 234 of the first 315 laps, it was Martin who found himself behind Kasey Kahne in the closing laps. Kahne appeared headed for his first series win until hitting the wall with 17 laps remaining due to some oil that had been dropped on the track.
Martin, who is tied with Jeff Gordon and Ricky Rudd for the most Dover wins among active drivers with four, outran Stewart over the final nine laps to win for the 34th time in his NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series career. He spoke about that win and the upcoming schedule prior to Sunday's Coca-Cola 600.
MARK MARTIN - No. 6 Viagra Taurus
YOU'VE SAID BEFORE THAT WINS THAT ARE THE MOST FUN ARE THOSE YOU DON'T EXPECT. WAS THAT THE CASE AT DOVER LAST YEAR?
"We didn't see it coming a long time away, but we did run really good in the second half of the race. It wasn't a huge surprise. That's a good place for us and our expectations are pretty high whenever we go there. We finished second in the second race up there, so it's a good race track for us and we typically have fairly high expectations."
WHEN YOU SEE SOMETHING HAPPEN LIKE IT DID TO KASEY KAHNE AND YOU INHERIT THE LEAD, WHAT'S THE FIRST THING THAT POPS INTO YOUR HEAD?
"My first reaction was, 'Hold on, I'm going too.' After that it was still down to business. That was only one car. Tony Stewart was good that day and had been dominant. He's dominant there all the time as well and we still had a race that could have slipped away from us very easily, so we still had our work to do."
YOU WON FOUR STRAIGHT FALL RACES AT DOVER AND ARE ALWAYS A CONTENDER, SO YOU EXPECT TO DO WELL.
"We do and that's not a good thing, but that's just the way it is. That's the reality is that we have run good there long enough and enough times that we go there expecting to run good."
THIS SUMMER SWING HAS ALWAYS BEEN PRETTY GOOD TO YOU.
"This is a good part of the season for us and there are a lot of good race tracks coming up for me. We have some of the less predictable race tracks behind us, so this summer time is a good time for us."