Sunday, March 1, 2009

Greg Biffle - Preach on brutha!

From Friday's USA Today NASCAR notes...
Biffle was critical of recent comments by his former teammte, Mark Martin, regarding the quality of the cars on Martin's new team, Hendrick Motorsports. "I love Mark Martin," Biffle said. "He's a character, but if you look back historically I think every interview you see Mark in you can just hit the record button. 'Man, I'm having the time of my life. This is the best race car. This is the best group of guys. I've never seen anybody work so hard in my life.' I see it over and over. It's like a replay. It's like a bad dream. I'm just telling you what I see on TV. I see the same thing in the interview and there's nothing wrong with that. You've got to be positive, right? He's being positive and that's Mark Martin— being positive. When he went over to DEI it was the chance of a lifetime and they were the best cars in the garage. I think it's the same thing now, but I would have to say that Hendrick probably has the best stuff in the garage with Jimmie Johnson winning the championship three years in a row."
Mark's optimism, his ability to always plug his sponsor du-jour, and his loyalty-in-the-moment to his team has endeared him to his fans, media, and sponsors over the years. Up until about 4 years ago, I was ambivalent about him - didn't pull for him but also didn't pull against him. But his multi-year, prolonged retirement/resurgence, want to spend more time with my family, well...maybe another year routine has grown old to me.

Apparently others share the same opinion.

As an aside, a bud of mine made a great observation recently about Mark's sponsors from a few years ago. He went from racing for Viagra in the Cup series to being sponsored by Miracle Gro in Truck series. My friend asked "so isn't that basically the same thing?"


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