Today Mark Martin confirmed wide-spread rumors that he will drive a Busch car for Rick Hendrick — owner of Jeff Gordon’s championship team, and of Jimmie Johnson’s team. Johnson is the reigning Nextel Cup champion.
For years, Roush Racing fans have loved to hate Hendrick. Mark wheeled a Roush Ford for 19 years. It’s been tough enough for some long-time Mark fans to get used to him piloting a Chevy for Ginn Racing. But this Hendrick announcement is sure to drive some fans over the edge.
Frankly, I kinda like the idea. A guy Mark has battled for 19 years wanted Mark to drive for him. What a huge compliment that a former rival has that much respect for Mark — as a man, as a driver, and as a competitor. I think Mark can extend his Busch series-leading win record in a Hendrick Chevy.
HHHHHOOOOWWWEVER, I physically shivered when I read the last couple of graphs of today’s release. Mark will be driving the 5 car in the Busch series and he’ll be sharing seat time with…uuuuuuggggghhhhhh, shhhuuuddddderrrrrr, gggggaaggggggggggggg, couuuuugggghhhhhhhh, KYLEBUSCH.
IIIICK!!!! Kyle Busch. Shrub. Kurt’s snotty, whiny little brother. Sigggghhhhhhhh. I really hate that.
Then again, the kid IS the youngest driver in the garage. He IS spoiled, and he DOES need a good role model. Oh, and he DID pull Greg Biffle out of a crashed car during a test a few weeks ago.
Mark, I hope some character rubs off on Kyle.