Can Mark Martin Win a Championship?
Mark Martin dominated Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway(Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images)
Mark “The Kid” Martin won at Chicagoland Speedway, getting a strong jump from a double-file restart with two laps left to win his series-high fourth race of the season. Mark Martin came out of semi-retirement and is seeking his first NASCAR Sprint Cup title which will be crowned during Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway Nov. 20-22.
Martin led 195 laps on Saturday night, the most during the 400-mile race. He dominated most of the early part of the race until he dropped the lead to Jimmie Johnson with just over 40 laps left.
But a chaotic finish saw Johnson and Kurt Busch tangle on the track that allowed Martin a chance to regain the lead.
"That was fun," Martin said. "That's what life is all about."
Martin moved from 13th to 11th- place and into contention for a spot in the Chase for the Championship. Greg Biffle fell out of the Top 12 in the points standings and Kahne moved from 12th to eighth-place in the Championship standings.
After starting 19th, Montoya fought handling issues throughout the race but rebounded to record a strong 10th-place finish.
“I am sure we are a little more aggressive sometimes in changes and strategies, we could be winning races,” said Montoya from Chicagoland Speedway. “The name of the game today is making the Chase and that is what we are trying to achieve."