It's amazing what winning can do for your attitude but, in the aftermath of Mark Martin's victory last Saturday at Phoenix, the 50-year-old driver's love/hate relationship with Talladega Superspeedway has been trending toward the positive side.
"I have a great attitude about it right now -- bring it on!" Martin said Friday before the first NASCAR Sprint Cup practice session, "I hadn't thought about Talladega much until Phoenix was over with but, after Phoenix, sure man, I'm riding the wave. I'm like 'okay, bring it on - here we go'."
Martin hasn't raced at Talladega since October 2006, during his last season with owner Jack Roush, and that means, of course, that he hasn't competed at Talladega in NASCAR's new racecar.
"It'll still be Talladega," he shrugged, "It will be different, [but] I'm definitely not concerned about learning how to do it. I'm not worried about that."
In the past, Martin has expressed his concerns about being swallowed up in 'The Big One' - the major wreck that seems almost an integral part of a race at the 2.66-mile speedway - despite his average finish at Talladega of 15.5 ranking among the best of active Cup drivers.
by Reid Spencer
Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service