This Is Why I Love Mark Martin

 Mike Bianchi — Orlando Sentinel

I love the way this piece is written.

“Nobody wants to hear a grown man cry,” Martin said. “I’m not going to cry about it. That’s NASCAR’s decision and it’s what we’re going to live with.”
He laughed even though he probably felt like crying.
“I didn’t ask for a win in the Daytona 500, I asked for a chance,” he said. “I got that chance and let it slip away, slip through my fingers, and I’m fine with that. I gave it all I had.”
He got up and walked into the cold night.
An Army of one who fought like a battalion of a thousand.

Source: Almost everyone was rooting for Martin to win – Orlando Sentinel : Sports Columnists

Also, the old adage that nobody remembers who finished second is normally true. Not this time. The 2007 Daytona 500 will go down in history as the race Mark Martin ALMOST won with a brand new team, in his late 40’s when he shoulda been retired for 2 years. The 2007 Daytona 500 will go down in history because of controversy. Should NASCAR have thrown the yellow with 2 cars battling to the finish line?

Fans will passionately argue these points for a lifetime. Heck, it may even cause some fights. I can see it now, though. Mid-way into a heated discussion, somebody’s gonna say, “Who stole that race from Mark?”

Betcha not many people remember it was Kevin Harvick. Even so, Kevin was a class winner. It’s just too bad for him that he beat Mark Martin for the Harley Earl Trophy.

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