MARK MARTIN , NO. 01 U.S. ARMY MONTE CARLO SS POST RACE PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT: TELL US ABOUT YOUR RUN TODAY: "I'm really proud of this team and it's fun to be back. I wish we could have been up there with my buddies scrapping for it but...
MARK MARTIN , NO. 01 U.S. ARMY MONTE CARLO SS POST RACE PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT:
TELL US ABOUT YOUR RUN TODAY:
"I'm really proud of this team and it's fun to be back. I wish we could have been up there with my buddies scrapping for it but I'm satisfied with third. But I'm satisfied with third. It was just such an incredible job by Ryan Pemberton and the team. We got the car adjusted midway through the race. That's what Juan (Montoya) were just talking about. We were racing back and forth. About halfway we hit it and we just took off. We never touched it again all day which is pretty incredible. Just a few tweaks here and there and the car took off." HOW DID YOU LIKE YOUR BREAK FROM RACING?
"I love it. I knew when Bristol was over with I had made the right decision. You want to be careful about bragging how good a deal. I have hit the lotto, no question. To be able to drive these cars for this team is a dream come true and to be able to step away when I want to step away, I just couldn't ever imagine having that kind of privilege. I really, really love working with Ryan and that team. They're so excited and that makes it so much fun to go to work. Even testing is not that much fun but it's kind of fun to go to work with them. I really do love those guys." IS THERE REALLY PARITY BETWEEN THE MANUFACTURERS? CHEVY HAS WON SIX OUT OF SEVEN RACES.
"If that race would have been three laps shorter, Matt (Kenseth) would have won. In the last run before the final run, I was faster than Jeff (Burton) was. Things change with every run and every adjustment. If you don't make an adjustment then maybe you needed to and things move around. Jeff Burton just ran like he was shot out of a cannon that last run. If he would have run like he ran before, he wouldn't have won." ARE YOU NOW LESS LIKELY TO EVER COME BACK FULL-TIME?
"I've made the decision. I'm not going to make that declaration but just between you and me, off the record." ARE YOU DEFINITELY OFF FOR TALLADEGA?
"If you want to look for a story, we can make it in on owners points if things were to continue to go well. But we're not even going to discuss that at this point in time. It continues to go well but it doesn't seem very realistic to be able to do it like that. I have no interest. I chased that Cup hard. I gave it my guts. Now I'm enjoying just getting to race. It's fun."
ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO RACING THE IMPALA SS?
"I'm not dreading it because I love these guys so much but from our test we appear to be about a 15th-place car. The good thing is that when we practice, a lot of times our car of today looks to be a 15th-place car. It seems like we race better than we practice. I hope to be able to help develop the new race cars into better cars but I do feel that we have more work to do than some of the teams on the car. I guess we'll find out next week." -credit: gm racing