Martin back in top 10 at Nodak Speedway! August 21, 2006 (Minot, SD) I has been a rough 45 days for the NOS Energy Drink/Mafia Motorsports team. It's not that the team and it's rookie driver Jason Martin have not been fast, no it's been ...
Martin back in top 10 at Nodak Speedway!
August 21, 2006 (Minot, SD) I has been a rough 45 days for the NOS Energy Drink/Mafia Motorsports team. It's not that the team and it's rookie driver Jason Martin have not been fast, no it's been everthing else in between. Involved in crashes that were not of his making, minor mechanical failures and even a night where the yongster was so sick after the race he fell down flat while getting out of the car and be assisted by the crew. Well all of that changed this past Saturday night when the Liberal, KS native brought the NOS Energy Drink/Mafia Motorsports Maxim home for a 9th place finish. Drawing a late number in qualifying, Martin still managed a 15th place time.
In the 2nd heat, Martin would take the lead over current points leader Donny Schatz and maintain over a straight away lead when it seemed his old friend lady bad luck wouold surface. The left rear tire developed a leak and on the final lap Schatz would get by but Martin would finish 2nd and transfer to the feature. Martin would start 13th in the feature and use the low side of the track to climb to 11th when the caution would come out as Donny Schatz had blown a right rear while leading. Martin would stay conservative and while other drivers would drop out with blow tires Martin would capitalize and when the checkers flew the NOS Energy Drink/Mafia Motorsports Maxim would come home 9th.
"That feels good." Said a happy Martin. "We guessed right tonight. We took on a lot harder tire than everyone else and new we just had to bide our time and the finish would come to us. On a harder tire your really loose so I could not chance running high and going off the track. Sometimes in these deals it's better to be slower at the start and have the track come to you. We have learned a lot this season and tonights finish is due to gaining that experience out here. It is not always the fastest car that wins these deals but the one that makes the right calls when preparing the car. I hope this is the start of good things for the rest of the season."