Michigan II: Martin post-race press conference

MARK MARTIN - No. 6 Viagra Taurus (Finished 2nd) Biffle Leads Ford To Michigan Sweep * Greg Biffle posted his second NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series win and the seventh for Ford in 2004. * Ironically, the last time Ford swept the top three spots in...

MARK MARTIN - No. 6 Viagra Taurus (Finished 2nd)

Biffle Leads Ford To Michigan Sweep

* Greg Biffle posted his second NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series win and the seventh for Ford in 2004.

* Ironically, the last time Ford swept the top three spots in a NNC race was on July 5, 2003 when Biffle won the Pepsi 400 at Daytona. Jeff Burton was second and Ricky Rudd third that night.

* Ford has won the most NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races at Michigan.

* 11 different Ford drivers have posted 27 victories in 71 all-time series races at MIS.

* When the Mercury brand is included the win total jumps to 39.

* Ford has won four out of the last six MIS races with Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth, Dale Jarrett and Kurt Busch each posting one win apiece in that stretch.

* Three of the top four all-time winning car owners at MIS currently run Fords, including the Wood Brothers (11), Jack Roush (7), and Robert Yates (6). Harry Melling won all seven of his MIS races with Bill Elliott in a Ford from 1984-89.

MARK MARTIN - "It's just such a privilege to drive for this team and work for these guys. They put me in a race car that could contend to win and the car made me look good today. I'm very grateful for that."

DID YOU HAVE A CAR TO CATCH GREG?

"We needed to be on the same tire sequence as Greg. We were gonna run second if we came in and got four at the end - no chance of catching Greg because he was eight seconds ahead of us, or it's about an eight-second savings to leave the left sides off so we chose to do that. We knew we would come out neck-and-neck with him and we're praying for a miracle. The car didn't run as good on two as it would have on four, so it wasn't good enough, but we rolled the dice and took a chance. We figured we were gonna run second either way, so I'm proud of Pat for making the call to go for the win."

IF YOU LOOK BACK AND SEE YOUR BAD LUCK. PEOPLE SAY IF YOU GET IN THE CHASE TO LOOK OUT FOR YOU AND YOUR TEAM.

"You know me, I don't look back. I can't remember because I don't think about that. I don't know."

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU RAN THIS WELL?

"I don't know. We had a pretty good year in 2002. I had a great year in '98.

"YOU'RE SO COMPLIMENTARY OF YOUR TEAM."

You know I raced for 25th a lot last year and I drove just the same as I did out there today. People just notice it a lot more when you're in cars like that and, believe me, it's a privilege to drive them. I'm just incredibly grateful that I get to drive stuff that will run like that. I've just dreamed of having an engine like that. Man, it was unbelievable and the car handled, too."

ANY IDEA WHAT HAPPENED ON THE TIRE SITUATION?

"That's your story. Don't get me in it. I don't know. I didn't ask. I didn't have time to worry about it. It wasn't my deal to sort out for them. What I had to do was my job, which was to come from the back of the pack and try to win the race. That's what a team does. I don't know. I don't question. I know everybody wants to know that, but leave me out of it. I don't know. I didn't ask. I focused on the job at hand and I think we did a good job to come from the back and run second. I tried real hard to lead one of those laps when we came out with Biffle, but we just couldn't do it. It seemed like there was a caution every five laps all race long and then just when we could have used just one caution, we didn't get it."

LOOKING FORWARD. IS THIS TEAM PEAKING AT THE RIGHT TIME?

"That's your story. Please don't drag me into all that. You know I can't stand over-optimistic people (laughing). Don't make me hate myself (laughing). If you start that and we start blabbing all that stuff and I don't make that cut, then I'm only left with a broken heart. Right now I'm planning on not being broken hearted if that happens, but go down with a fight. That's my style. That's the way I want to do this thing. I want to go down slugging as hard as I can and if it doesn't work out, then I don't want to be broken hearted. I've had enough to those."

CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THESE LAST THREE RACES IN THE HASE?

"We have a top-five race team and if I wind up being a spectator at the banquet, so be it. I have to look at things from a positive standpoint and say, 'Golly, at least we didn't run 14th every week and make it in.' I'd much rather not make the cut and run like I ran today and at Indy and at Pocono and at the Glen. That's real special to me. I've always said that that is the glue that keeps a winning team together."

IS THERE DISAPPOINTMENT THAT YOU DIDN'T WIN TODAY?"

Yes, I'm disappointed. No doubt, but you know what, it would have been fun. Greg ran fantastic all day. I'm disappointed that I didn't get to make him work for it. That's the only thing. I'm not a total hog. I don't have to win everything, but I like to make it interesting anyway. Those guys were awesome today. I'm very happy with the performance of my team and I am disappointed with the way it turned out, but I love Pat Tryson and I love every guy on my team. I've told them that almost every race this year and nothing is gonna change that. We'll just go next week and try to get us another one."

FIVE ROUSH CARS IN THE TOP 10 TODAY.

"I've really seen the 6 and the 16 take different paths and almost wind up at the same location. We are not working as closely together as the 99 and the 6 might have, but we're arriving toward the front of the pack with a lot of the same things. They're two great teams sort of traveling a little bit different path to the end result, but getting great results on the race track. It's fun. It's fun to outrun people. I think that's why we do this."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Jarrett , Greg Biffle , Kurt Busch , Jack Roush