Mark Martin on Jack Roush, Talladega, and his team

Mark Martin on Jack Roush, Talladega, and his team

Mark Martin heads to California this weekend with one goal in mind: to win. In his previous five starts on the two mile oval, Martin has one win and two top 10 finishes. Aside from the race, Martin is focused on the health of his longtime ...

Mark Martin heads to California this weekend with one goal in mind: to win. In his previous five starts on the two mile oval, Martin has one win and two top 10 finishes.

Aside from the race, Martin is focused on the health of his longtime car owner and friend, Jack Roush.

"I spent some quality time with Jack yesterday. He was 100% as far as his alertness and the way his thinking process was going. He was writing notes about the race." Martin also stressed the fact that Roush's humor is as sharp as it always has been.

"We discussed the fear that we had on Friday night of possible brain damage and he wrote; "a little brain damage could be good." You have to know him, to know, that's Jack 100%."

Mark Martin.
Photo by Richard Sloop.

On the racing side of things, the driver of the No. 6 Ford fell from third to ninth in the points following Talladega. Martin was one of 24 cars that were involved in "the big one."

"It was a letdown to leave there ninth in points based on a wreck that was unavoidable. But you pretty much knew that there was most likely going to be one. You just hope that you might be lucky enough to not be in it. Unfortunately, that's the breaks. I can't do anything about that."

Although Talladega didn't supply Martin and his Ben Leslie led team with the finish they were hoping for, he is content with the way things have been going so far this year.

"I really, really, really like my team. I really enjoy going to the racetrack knowing that I'm going to get a chance to interact with those guys. I feel fortunate to have things go like they're going right now."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jack Roush , Mark Martin