Michigan: Mark Martin race report

Fuel Strategy Comes Up Short for Martin at Michigan; No. 8 Army Team Finishes 25th BROOKLYN, Mich. (June 15, 2008) -- With only three laps remaining in Sunday's LifeLock 400 at Michigan International Speedway, Mark Martin and the No. 8 U.S.

Fuel Strategy Comes Up Short for Martin at Michigan; No. 8 Army Team Finishes 25th

BROOKLYN, Mich. (June 15, 2008) -- With only three laps remaining in Sunday's LifeLock 400 at Michigan International Speedway, Mark Martin and the No. 8 U.S. Army Team looked to be on their way to another top-five finish.

Martin was running in fifth place on Lap 197, but the race's sixth caution put an end to crew chief Tony Gibson's fuel-mileage strategy, and ultimately, Martin's bid for a strong result in the Sprint Cup race.

While positioned in 10th place, the No. 8 team gambled by pitting on Lap 155 to top off with fuel and to take four fresh tires. The move would have worked had the race remained green for the final 45 laps.But when Sam Hornish Jr. spun out on Lap 197 and forced the race into overtime, the additional laps drained the fuel tank on the No. 8 Chevy.

When the race restarted with a green-white-checkered finish,Martin was in third place. But his Dale Earnhardt Inc. Chevrolet Impala SS ran out of fuel just after the green flag fell. Martin was able to limp around the track, finishing 25th.

"It was looking good there for a minute, but we just didn't have enough left in the tank," said Martin. "We almost pulled off the top-five finish, but I guess it just wasn't meant to be. It was a great effort by Tony (Gibson) and this Army team, and one they can sure be proud of on the Army's 133rd Birthday."

The No. 8 U.S. Army Team will return to action next weekend in Sonoma, Calif. for the circuit's first of two road course races. Rookie co-driver Aric Almirola will pilot the No. 8 at Infineon Raceway and also the following week at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Martin returns to the car at Daytona in July.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Aric Almirola , Sam Hornish Jr. , Mark Martin