Mark Martin Wins in Chicago

Dustin H.Correspondent IJuly 11, 2009

JOLIET, IL - JULY 11:  Mark Martin (R), driver of the #5 CARQUEST/Kellogg's Chevrolet, celebrates with team owner Rick Hendrick (L) and crew chief Alan Gustafson (Top) in the victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on July 11, 2009 in Joliet, Illinois.  (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images)


Mark Martin made it four for 2009 on Saturday night, winning the 400 at the Chicagoland Speedway after he led 195 of the 267 laps and the Hendrick cars led a combined 253 of the 267 laps. Can you say domination?

Jeff Gordon was second, Kasey Kahne came third, Tony Stewart fourth, and Denny Hamlin in fifth. Jimmie Johnson, who led laps, got into trouble on the restart with 10 laps to go with Denny Hamlin and then with Kurt Busch, which didn't help his chances nor Brian Vickers' or Kurt Busch's. These guys are all running good, just too many mistakes and it is gonna cost them.

Mark Martin is becoming Mr. Saturday night, well sorta. Besides the win in Michigan this puts him 11th in the points with the most wins of any other driver in 2009, with Kyle Busch having three and Tony Stewart with two, not counting the All Star Race. If mark wouldn't have had such bad luck to start the year, he would be in the top half of the points. I think something needs to be tweaked with this; if a driver with the most wins misses The Chase, well we have a problem.

Tony Stewart keeps the points lead going to Indy in two weeks, 175 points over Jeff Gordon. A bad night for Kyle Busch puts him 10th in points; he is on the edge of missing The Chase, but I think he will rebound. Congratulations to Mark Martin and Hendrick Motorsports. With Rick's birthday Sunday, what a great gift from the team.