Martin, ArmyTeam Soldier Through Tough Day in Kansas KANSAS CITY, Kan. (Sept. 28, 2008) -- Mark Martin and the No. 8 U.S. Army team fought back from a pit-road speeding penalty and amishap in the pits to finish 18th in Sunday'sSprint Cup raceat...
Martin, ArmyTeam Soldier Through Tough Day in Kansas
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (Sept. 28, 2008) -- Mark Martin and the No. 8 U.S. Army team fought back from a pit-road speeding penalty and amishap in the pits to finish 18th in Sunday'sSprint Cup raceat Kansas Speedway.
"It was just one of those days," said Martin after the 400-mile event. "I just didn't have a good day out there. We had a good car, but I got caught speeding on pit road and then I overshot the pit and that hurt us. The team gave me a much better car than the finish.I'll take the responsibility for what happened out there today. I just made too many mistakes."
Martin started the race on the outside pole for the sixth time in 2008. His Chevy Impala SSwas tight early, but would loosenover the long run.
Martin dropped back to eighth before the team pitted for the first time on Lap 50 of 267. The veteran ran all but a handful of laps inside the top 10, before getting busted for pit-road speedingon Lap 117.
Due to thepenalty, Martin restartedin 28th position. Despite overshooting the pits on Lap 130,Martin fought his way back inside the top 20 by Lap 156 where he would run the remainder of the race.
"It was just really difficult once we got back there in all that traffic," added Martin. "I'm just proud of everyone on this U.S. Army team. They continue to put me in good cars each week and it's a lot of fun to drive them."
Crew chief Tony Gibson was proud about howMartin and the team never gave up.
"You can't be great every day," said Gibson. "But making the best of a bad day is what makes people great -- just like our brave Soldiers. We had a lot go wrong, but the team never gave up. It was definitelySoldier-type effort out there today. We never quit and came home with a decent result."
The No. 8 Dale Earnhardt Inc.team remains 15th in the owner point standings.
Martin will hand the No. 8 Chevy over to rookie co-driver Aric Almirola next week at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. Martin returns toaction in two weeks at Lowe's Motor Speedway, Oct. 11 in Concord, N.C.