Saturday, September 12, 2009

Sometimes Nice Guys Finish First

When the checkered flag waved at Richmond International Speedway tonight, Mark Martin went from almost-on-the-bubble to first place in the Chase. Quite an accomplishment from a guy who pretty much retired from NASCAR a couple years ago.

This season, the driver of the No. 5 Chevy has managed to snag six pole positions four wins and nine top five finishes--all without controversy.

In a sport where petulant loudmouths often get the most air time, Martin stands apart as a driver who exhibits limitless class, consummate sportsmanship and consistency of performance. Martin drives clean, is generous when giving credit to his crew and he always has a smile for the cameras and race fans.

Sure, Martin's interviews may not make the most newsworthy sound bites. But all-in-all, Martin is the man.

And it's nice to see the man sittin' in the top spot after all these years.


  1. Mark is one of the best drivers never to win a championship. I have been a fan for many years, I don't know anyone who dislikes him. For him to win it all would be awesome!
    Turn 2 Racing

  2. Ty from the Great White North !September 13, 2009 at 10:12 AM

    Been a Silly Old Man Fan for Yrs ! It would be the single most inspiring event to witness Mark achieve his Championship in Cup this Ur. Go get it you Butt Kickin Old Man !