Richmond II: Mark Martin preview

Martin's Battle Cry: Win One for the Soldiers RICHMOND, Va. (Sept. 3, 2008) -- As the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup season heads into the homestretch, Mark Martin's steely determination will be evident with a strong focus on scoring a victory for the...

Martin's Battle Cry: Win One for the Soldiers

RICHMOND, Va. (Sept. 3, 2008) -- As the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup season heads into the homestretch, Mark Martin's steely determination will be evident with a strong focus on scoring a victory for the men and women in uniform who he proudly represents as the driver of the No. 8 U.S. Army Chevrolet.

Martin is scheduled to drive in eight of the remaining 11 Sprint Cup races, including Saturday night's Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway.

"I've been blessed to wear the Army uniform and drive the Soldiers' car," said Martin. "I've had the privilege to speak to many of our Soldiers. When I hear and read about their acts of bravery, I get overwhelmed and feel so proud that I was given the opportunity to drive their car. I will give everything I have and more to get this Army Chevrolet Impala SS a win in the remaining races."

The victory that has eluded Martin in the Army car could come sooner rather than later. In the spring race at Richmond, Martin qualified on the outside pole and ran in the top-four for the majority of the race before finishing third.

"No question, we had a car good enough to compete for a win at Richmond earlier in the year," noted Martin. "I don't see any reason why it will be any different this weekend. Richmond is known to attract a large number of military personnel and it would be the coolest place to win in the Army car."

Since he started to drive the Army Chevy at the beginning of last season, Martin has come close to victory a number of times, most notably the 2007 Daytona 500, where he fell a few inches short of winning NASCAR's most prestigious event.

"That was my first official race in the Army Chevy and we nearly pulled it off," recalled Martin. "It was a thrill to contend for the Daytona 500 victory. But what was also thrilling were the e-mails that followed from our Soldiers around the world telling me how excited and proud they were to see their car almost grab the biggest prize. It was an honor to receive those e-mails. I realized then how lucky I am to represent these Soldiers who put their lives on the line every day so we can enjoy our freedom."

Martin, who has 35 career victories, feels that his U.S. Army/Dale Earnhardt Inc. team has all the ingredients to capture win No. 36.

"We have the talent and the resources to be a winner," added Martin. "And we also have the Army spirit of never giving up until the mission is completed. I can't think of a better way to say thank you to our Soldiers than to put their car in Victory Lane."

-credit: dei

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