Mark Martin: Is He Really The Angel We All Think He Is?

al asifyouknowSenior Analyst IJuly 12, 2010

LOUDON, NH - JUNE 27:  Mark Martin, driver of the #5 CARQUEST/ Chevrolet, sits next to his car on the grid prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series LENOX Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on June 27, 2010 in Loudon, New Hampshire.  (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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From day one as a NASCAR fan I’ve heard about Mark Martin being a fair and respectful driver, and that may be true, but Mr. Martin does throw his shots in once in awhile, like he did in last year's chase.

In my humble opinion, Mr. Mark Martin personally jacked Juan Pablo Montoya’s shot at the 2009 championship. I’m not going to get into it, if you’re a NASCAR fan you know what I’m talking about.

Of course, if your ambitious enough go to You Tube and run the video of the first race of the 2009 chase (Loudon) and also look at the fifth race of the 2009 championship, Charlotte.

It appears to me Mr. Martin relies on his reputation of being a fair racer to take his shots at other drivers. I assume he feels his history in the sport gives him a free pass card, and God help anyone who says a disparaging word about him.

The NASCAR nation has put him in pedestal next to the Virgin Mary, so it may be a good idea for most of BR writers not to say anything .

Well, most BR writers except asifyouknow, I’m not all that bright.

I didn’t see Juan’s and Mark’s encounter Saturday night at Chicago but apparently they had contact on the final lap while fighting for a spot, here is a few quotes from the drivers after their heated conversation:

"He didn't like the way I passed him there on the last lap, (called it) borderline stupid driving and suggested I take some smart driving lessons from him," Martin said.

Here is Montoya’s comment:

"I gave him room out of [turn] four and we got into [turn] one and he nearly wrecked me, (nearly) wrecked us both,"

I guess if I were Montoya I just quit racing, I would just run the back 40 and don’t bother anyone.

Every week it appears he has a problem with someone, I think some of them are his fault but from what I’ve seen most of them are not.

Specially his problems with Jeff Gordon, it seams the old NASCAR guard has a problem with Montoya. I can’t figure our why, oh well that’s racing for you.

I do hope Mark Martin makes the chase, I know Jeff Gordon is already in, it will give me a good reason to watch, as far as I’m concern both Mark Martin and Jeff Gordon got one coming to them and Juan should cash both tickets when it matters:

In the chase!

Enough said.

Side note: Did you notice how much room there was between Jeff Gordon and No.00 when they had their little race....those are things that make you say Hmm....