MARTIN WINS FOR THE SIXTH TIME IN 2006 * Mark Martin took the checkered flag for the seventh time in his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series career with tonight's victory. Martin started sixth and went to victory lane in his second series start ...
MARTIN WINS FOR THE SIXTH TIME IN 2006
* Mark Martin took the checkered flag for the seventh time in his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series career with tonight's victory. Martin started sixth and went to victory lane in his second series start at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
* In 14 races this season, Martin has driven to victory lane a series-high six times, and extended Roush Racing's all-time series win mark to 43, the most in series history.
* Ford has now won 78 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races all time, and eight in 2006 with three different drivers (Martin, Cook, Crawford).
* Ford's win today is its fifth truck series victory at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the most of any manufacturer (D. Rezendes -1, K. Irwin -1, R. Crawford -1, M. Wallace -1, M. Martin - 1).
* The last Ford truck series triumph at HMS occurred when Mike Wallace won this event in 1999.
MARK MARTIN-6-Scotts Ford F-150 (Finished 1st)
"This is the way we would have wrote it, if we could have wrote a story-book ending to it. We still have Sunday night to go. My car today wasn't too bad, my AAA Fusion. Tomorrow we're going to try to get it wired in this good. Mike Beam (crew chief) and these guys are a dream to work with. Golly, man, pretty incredible to drive this stuff."
HOW MUCH DOES IT MEAN TO YOU TO GIVE JACK ROUSH ANOTHER TROPHY? "It does mean an incredible lot, but this is a team effort. We had huge horsepower under the hood today with our Roush-Yates power. This is the way to end it up with the 6. It's a good thing that there's a number 6 on the side of this truck. Like I said, we lacked two feet of winning this Cup race last year, and I know that's asking a lot."
TALK ABOUT RACING GAUGHAN AT THE END. "Brendan really had that top line working there, and I just had to be real careful. I didn't want to make any mistakes. We had a great truck here and we just wanted to make sure that we made the pass clean and didn't have any trouble there."
ERIK DARNELL-99-Woolrich Ford F-150 (Finished 3rd)
"John Quinn (crew chief) and all of the guys on this whole team did a great job tonight. We kind of got bit on pit road a couple of times there, but the guys really nailed the pit stop and got pretty good track position and John made the right adjustments on the truck. The thing was pretty good there at the end. I didn't quite have enough for Mark, but if I had about five more laps, I might have been able to race Brendan there."
YOU WERE ABLE TO CLINCH ROOKIE-OF-THE-YEAR HONORS THIS YEAR. "That was our ultimate goal at the beginning of the year. If you at who Jack brought through the truck series, you look at Carl Edwards, you look at Greg Biffle, you look at Kurt Busch, those guys that he has had in his truck, and they've all gone on and won rookie of the year in the truck series and gone on to great things in Nextel Cup. That's my ultimate dream out here, and I think this is my first step to achieving my goal."
TERRY COOK-10-Ford Power Stroke Diesel by Int'l F-150 (Finished 10th)
"The weekend started off real good. We were real good in practice. We tried something completely new suspension-wise that we are not accustomed to running. We thought it was going to work here for us, and I can't say that it didn't. But, track position was everything tonight. We found that out early on and we did a great job with the Ford Power Stroke Diesel by Int'l truck to work the track position and get to the front after having a very sub-par performance in qualifying. Our ultimate goal this weekend was to finish in the top 10 in points and I think we achieved that. It gives us something to build on. We're trying to put this program together for next year, and hopefully this will seal the deal to do that and continue to move on."
IS THERE SOME UNCERTAINTY FOR YOU HEADING INTO THE OFF-SEASON? "It's never any fun. A top-10 finish and a top-10 points finish doesn't mean anything. It's all about catching somebody's eye and somebody making the right decision, I hope, at any rate. There's a lot of uncertainty, and Monday morning's coming and I basically don't have a job, and it's tough. We'll be looking and hopefully I find something soon."
MICHEL JOURDAIN, JR.-50-PurposeMoney.com Ford F-150 (Finished 31st)
"To drive for Jack Roush, it's a really big dream come true. It's an amazing thing. It was a really good opportunity, and I'm really happy that it worked out. It was very important for me to do it."
YOUR RUN TONIGHT WAS SPOILED BY AN EARLY INCIDENT. IT APPEARED THAT YOU HAD NOWHERE TO GO TO AVOID CONTACT. "That's exactly right. I had nowhere to go, and that was it."
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