Mark Martin says, “I’ve still got it.” Maybe that’s not exactly what Mark said following his win Saturday night at Phoenix International Raceway but in my mind that’s what he was thinking.
By the time most drivers reach the age of fifty they are either jaded or resigned to finishing at the back of the pack. A few years ago Mark Martin was ready to throw in the towel. He wasn’t winning races and was sharing a ride with other drivers. While Mark’s fans were happy to hear he’d be joining the Hendrick Motorsports team for 2009 some thought he would not be able to compete with his teammates.
While Martin’s season up to this point hasn’t been great he’s still gotten a lot of notice for earning three poles. He’s had poor luck behind the wheel of the number 5 car when it comes to racing but his fans have always had faith in him. He might just have the most loyal fans in all of Nascar.
This weekend his fans got what they and Martin have been waiting for, a victory. After battling Kurt Busch and Tony Stewart for most of the race Martin became the oldest driver to win at Phoenix and showed young drivers that even a fifty year old has what it takes to win.
Congrats Mark on your win!
Here are the top 10 finishers from Saturday’s Sprint Cup Race
Kurt Busch – 300th career start
Martin Truex Jr.
Sam Hornish Jr.
Nationwide: Congrats to Greg Biffle for his win in Friday night’s Nationwide Series race which was the 100th victory for Roush in the Nationwide Series. Also, congrats to Kyle Busch for fighting back from 2 laps down. While he didn’t win he was able to make the best of a bad situation and steal the Nationwide points lead from Edwards.