Some people have a mistaken impression on the meaning of the word overrated. It's all up for debate. But we kept the pedal down and hoped for the best. Martin went on to win the race. They have a passion for speed and a desire to control the uncontrollable, taking a dangerous machine and pushing it to the limit.
Edwards and Keselowski would have teamed up for a two-on-one ambush on Martin that could have rivaled the infamous 1979 Daytona brawl between the Allison brothers and Cale Yarborough. But with the help of Jeff Gordon, he got a ride with Hendrick Motorsports and teamed with a brilliant young crew chief in Chad Knaus. But this was Mark Martin. Martin quickly apologized for causing the incident. They also notice if a driver has a quality ride with a strong team but consistently falls short.
Evaluating driver skills is a whopping task, even for the most knowledgeable folks in the sport. Martin was the runner-up to the championship four times over a 13-season span from 1990 to 2002. Many fans believe Martin is simply the ultimate example of bad racing luck. It's easy to get started - we will give you example code. The Mark Martin Sportsmanship Award to honor the driver who exemplifies class, dignity, and fairness on the track.
But something separated Martin from that logic. We all talk about it. I ran into the back of Carl, and I hate it, Martin said. It was the closest finish since electronic scoring started and the most dramatic finish at Daytona since the three-wide show at the line 48 years earlier in the first 500. What if Martin had raced a Chevrolet all those Cup years instead of a Ford? Martin opted to spend more time with his family, as he had promised—an honorable decision by an honorable man. Mark Martin climbs into his car at the start of a practice session for the Dover 400 at the Dover Speedway in Dover, Delaware, Saturday, September 23, 2006. The best driver will not win in the worst car.
You should start right now! Had any other driver gone to Victory Lane in that situation, we would have seen one heck of a post-race show. These are brave people with enormous talent. Martin is known as the guy who always treats his fellow competitors with respect. Martin has always raced his rivals the right way, and maybe that cost him over the years. Harvick reached the line first and left Martin 0-for-23 in the Daytona 500.
No one realized at the time that those docked points would make a difference in which driver won the Cup title. From 1990 through 2007, Chevy drivers won 12 of 18 Cup championships. Maybe it goes a little deeper than just bad luck. A split-second later, the demolition derby started behind them. All of them played the part and fit into the appropriate category for numerous reasons. He also has never won the Daytona 500, although some people might argue that point about the 2007 finish.
But Martin had no desire to chase the title again—not at that point, anyway. He has won 35 races, but the Cup championship has eluded him. Would both have elected to pit at the exact same moment for each stop in each race down the stretch? Again, the man who ran close to the front more times won the title. They did, and Martin came up short again. The field is frozen when the caution is thrown. Both men had 23 top-10 finishes in 29 races, but Earnhardt had two more top-5 finishes 18 to 16.
Keselowski was driving the other one. Brad Keselowski and Carl Edwards were side-by-side up front, competing for the victory. He always runs up front. Statistically speaking, the deserving man won the title. One other racer with a similar driving technique fared better.
After all, he drives for the best team and has the best equipment. Sure, another driver might win a race or two in the No. Martin lost the title to Earnhardt by only 26 points. No one is overrated if they are willing to strap into a race car and risk their life at 200 mph. Or maybe he fails to place the car where the equipment logically would place it under normal circumstances. That depends on when the yellow light actually would have come on. Evaluating driver skills is a whopping task, even for the most knowledgeable folks in the sport.
Many people assumed he would abandon the part-time plan and continue to compete in every event. Some are better at it than others. This book attempts to make sense of these continuing debates. Martin never quite got the memo. This book is not a reflection on how I personally feel about any driver. I also need to give a brief definition of both categories. Was the performance better than the perception? Some drivers have what baseball officials call Triple A Greatness.