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Martin, Gordon not giving up on season.

“Texas is a great place to race,” Martin said, “I have a lot of fans that go there because it's kind of close to my home in Batesville. We have a lot of charged-up fans there. It's a great track and a great place to race. We're going to go there, try to sit on the pole, lead every lap and win the race.”

Although Martin's love of the Fort Worth track dates back more than a decade, Gordon's love is newly blossomed. For year after year, TMS was known as one of those very few places where Gordon had not won a race but, in April, that all changed. Gordon, whose only 43rd-place finishes in 578 Cup starts have come at Texas, broke through with a victory and is using the knowledge that he can get another to dust himself off and move forward in the wake of Talladega. Won't be easy, he said.

“To get another win, though, we'll need to take a another step forward,” Gordon noted, “If we showed up this weekend with the same set-up we used in April, we'd run 15th. That's just the way the sport is. Everybody is constantly learning, and the competition is constantly getting better and quicker.”

by Jim Pedley / Special to the Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service



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