MARK MARTIN -6-Scotts Ford F-150 (Finished 1st) "Well, I think we were a little bit disappointed with how we qualified, but we knew that in practice we had truck for the long hauls. Lucky for us, there was a lot of green-flag racing. The guys...
MARK MARTIN -6-Scotts Ford F-150 (Finished 1st)
"Well, I think we were a little bit disappointed with how we qualified, but we knew that in practice we had truck for the long hauls. Lucky for us, there was a lot of green-flag racing. The guys did a great job preparing it and especially pitting it and keeping me in the front once we got to the front. It was one of those days where everything worked out for you. Like I say, we expected based on experience, I had the track to come to us, and it came to us pretty well. We only made one adjustment and that was on the last pit stop."
HOW MUCH FUN WOULD IT BE TO HAVE CARL EDWARDS IN THE NO. 50 FORD EVERY RACE AS A TEAMMATE?
"As long as we're in first place, I'm having a ball. To be honest with you, it's just a lot of fun. In my opinion, the truck series is the best racing in NASCAR right now. It's a lot of fun. It's full of great drivers, and the vehicles are a lot of fun to race. Carl would certainly keep me on my toes if he would have been anywhere near, so I tried to make sure I was in a different zip code if I could be."
YOU NOW HAVE A WIN HERE IN ALL THREE NASCAR SERIES. IS THERE A SPECIAL SIGNIFICANCE TO GETTING THE THIRD WIN?
"That's for you guys, I don't keep score. That's for you guys to keep. That sounds good, so don't forget about it. Talk about it because I'll forget. The focus is now on Sunday. To go to bed with the ways things turned out, I'm really grateful to my fans who have been incredibly supportive. To the people that have their hands on that Scotts truck, the engine folks, as well as the fabricators and pit crew and everybody else, thank you for letting me drive your stuff, but the focus is now on Sunday and everything else is history. This is behind us."
DID YOU CONSIDER STAYING OUT ON THE LAST CAUTION?
"At that caution, I think we would have made it and it would have been fine, but I'm leaving all of that stuff up to Mike Beam. I think everybody was going to come so it would comfortably put them in the window, especially in the case of a green-white-checkered finish. I think pretty much everybody planned on coming for that one."
"Kyle was really fast, especially on the shorter runs. I really couldn't do anything with him on a short run. Our strong suit was long runs. Had it gone green all the way, I told our guys that I thought I could beat him at the end of a 90-lap run, but that's yet to be seen. He was incredibly fast, but he was really fast on new tires. I couldn't quite run with him on new tires there for a little while. He's real fast in that truck."