Tuesday, February 20, 2007

The reason I was pulling for 01

I have absolutely no problem with Smiley winning the Daytona 500. He is one of the drivers that I like and am beginning to follow as some of the older drivers I used to love are starting to semi-retire.

One of those drivers that I still really pull for though is Mark Martin. He has moved on now from the number 6 AAA car that he had been running for over 20 years, to the 01 Army car. I was disappointed when he finally lost Americas race by .002 of a second. And now, I realize why. Reading through Sunday Money, one of the many books stacked on my nightstand, I came across this description of Martin that struck me as spot on.

Sunday Money, page 213

"His Arkansas twang cutting hard through his Viagra commercials, Martin is mighty popular with the fans; he's a 32 time winner (more now) and consistent front runner, who has never won the season championship. Ever the bridesmaid at 43, he's come agonizingly close to winning it all several times, only to watch helplessly as bitch destiny snatched that big ugly Cup championship trophy from his hands. He's now known for his sad air of fated resignation. As one of the smart press boxers puts it, 'if you gave him a solid gold lucky horseshoe, he'd tell you how worried he was about dropping it on his foot. Then he'd drop it on his foot'"

So there it is folks, Martin is the Eeyore of Nascar.


Anthony said...

Yep, pretty much. One of those guys who is consistent, but not fortunate enough sometimes - like last Sunday. He wiggled just enough coming out of turn 4 that "Smiley" was able to nudge him.
Like the old days when they used to race to the flag on cautions. They've since changed that rule. Funny how they didn't envoke it then.
I think they were right to do it, since the crash was behind the leaders, but it stuck me as a bit inconsistent.

Nice that Rudd is driving again, though. He'll win a couple if he races the whole schedule.