Hard luck, no hard feelings for Martin By Mark Talkington LAS VEGAS (March 5, 2000) Mark Martin wants to get out of town, but not because Jeff Burton swept the weekend's races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway out from under him in odd fashion. ...
Hard luck, no hard feelings for Martin By Mark Talkington
LAS VEGAS (March 5, 2000) Mark Martin wants to get out of town, but not because Jeff Burton swept the weekend's races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway out from under him in odd fashion. "I can't wait to go home," he said after finishing third at the CarsDirect.com 400, which was called due to rain just past midway, allowing Burton his third straight win at Las Vegas and second of the weekend. "Doing double duty takes its toll on an old man."
His body is worn from competing in both the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division and NASCAR Winston Cup Series races. But Martin, 41, said his mind did not take a beating, even though he felt his car had enough to win Sunday and he was the sure winner Saturday -- until Jack Sprague's crash in front of him with only three laps left allowed Burton to slip beneath him before the yellow came out. That race finished under the yellow flag.
"I didn't leave here exactly empty-handed," he said. "A second and a third -- I can still keep my job. I was reminding (the media) yesterday I've lost more races than I've won."
Martin said the rain that eventually forced the end of the race was factored in by the crew of his No. 6 Valvoline Ford, but no one could predict how much would drop or when.
"It was probably green on the radar," he said, referring to the color indicating moisture. "But you don't know if it's going to be rain because it may just be moisture in the air."
While he usually doesn't mind when races are cut short, Martin said this time he had something more to offer. Burton had the best car, he conceded, despite most people chalking his win up to luck.
"It's not all luck," he said of Burton's success. "He ran good. It's not like he was in fifth place and just won because people ahead of him pitted when the red flag came out."