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    Wednesday
    Feb212007

    Martin Does it Again

    mark_martin.jpgHow does Mark Martin keep doing this? How does a guy who has lived the Life of Riley for more than 20 years--driving around in a race car while you and I go to work each day--winning more than $47 million in the process--make so many people feel sorry for him for not winning the Daytona 500? When I say "feel sorry for him" I'm talking to the point that FOX TV announcer Darryl Waltrip actually suggested, with less than 20 laps to go in the race, that former teammates Matt Kenseth and Greg Biffle--running in 2nd and 3rd place at the time--would (and should) be content to hold off the competition (blowing off their sponsors, teammates, racing organizations, and fans in the process) to let the old goat win? Thank you, Kevin Harvick, for keeping it real! Iread somewhere last week that NASCAR's popularity seems to be plateauing out, and if that's the case the last thing they need is another controversy about rigged finishes like they had when Dale Earnhardt Jr. won at Daytona the very next race after his father was killed at the track. All the Martin sentiment is fueling the debate on whether NASCAR waited too long to throw the yellow flag on the final lap, which would've possibly given him an automatic win, if he was truly leading at the time, and again it depends on when the flag was thrown. The finish at the Daytona 500 has thrown a seedier angle into the mix, one that is sure to be exploited at some point in the future:  if your teammate is leading the race on the final lap, do you intentionally wreck yourself or wreck some poor sap with his head up his muffler, knowing the field will be frozen and the victory awarded to your buddy without having to race back to the finish line? How do you handle that one, NASCAR???

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