Thursday, February 5, 2009

Mark Martin on Joey Logano

Apparently word of Joey Logano's exciting finish in the Toyota All-Star Showdown in Irwindale made it all the way to Daytona. At least within earshot of Mark Martin.
Martin, a NASCAR veteran who will be racing full-time for the first time in three years in the Sprint Cup Series, was asked about Logano and his daring attempt to win the Showdown for the second straight time.
To refresh, Logano was passed for the lead on the final lap of the race, but he slapped the turn 4 wall, cut down on the nose of race leader Peyton Sellers and crossed the finish line in first place. But NASCAR officials at the track deemed Logano's move unfair and dangerous. Logano was the first driver to cross the finish line, but he ended up in 40th and last-place after NASCAR penalized him for his last lap pass.
“I don’t get involved in judging NASCAR’s -- the move he (Joey Logano) made appeared to be called for and just based on what had happened to him five laps earlier, if that’s what you’re asking and you want my opinion,” Martin said in an interview Thursday from Daytona International Speedway, site of the season-opening Daytona 500.
Martin was also asked if he has given Logano any advice. Logano will be racing for Joe Gibbs Racing in the No. 20 Toyota in the Sprint Cup Series in 2009.

“He’s gotten a lot of advice from me already and I’m very proud of him," said Martin, who will be driving the No. 5 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports. "My biggest concern for him was -- I’m certain that he will be a Cup champion -- so my biggest concern was for him to stay humble because when you’re as good as he is it’s not always easy. He appears to be hanging on to that fairly well. I was very proud of him in his recent interviews. He appeared to be humble and that’s not always easy."

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