Mark Martin: I Want to Win the All Star Race

David YeazellSenior Analyst IMay 12, 2009

Speaking at a post race press conference, celebrating his victory at Darlington, Mark Martin urged the media not to look too far into the future.

Flying his own personal caution flag, Martin said speculating on future wins could lead to a big let down.

Martin did however speculate on this week's All Star race.

“You know what I want to win? I want to win the All Star race,” said Martin. “I would love to win that sucker.”

Martin has had notable success at Lowes Motor Speedway.

He won the All Star race twice, in 1998 and 2005 driving for Jack Roush.

While driving for DEI, Martin posted a top ten in the last two All Star races, and a respectable average finish of 10.5 in the last six races at LMS.

Coming off a win at Darlington, and riding a wave of momentum, this could be Martin’s best shot at a third All Star title.

A few spoilers could be his own teammates, Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon, both dominate forces at Charlotte, or the hard charging drivers of Stewart-Haas Racing. Ryan Newman is a previous All Star winner, and Tony Stewart is on the cusp of his first win as an owner/driver. A win by either driver would be a crown jewel to the rookie owner.

A couple of dark horses could be youngsters Brad Keselowski, who became eligible with his spectacular win at Talladega, or Joey Lagano, the 18 year old rookie from Joe Gibbs Racing who will have to race his way into the main event.

Many other talented drivers will try to race their way, or be voted by the fans, into the main event.

Michael Waltrip and Kasey Kahne, who was voted in by the fans last year, have both won the All Star race after transferring in from the open.

Kellogg's sponsors Martin’s car, but this week he may need Wheaties to navigate through the field of drivers hungry for an All Star victory.