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Mark Martin to Drive The #11 While Hamlin Recovers

Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:18 pm

Joe Gibbs Racing announces that Mark Martin will drive the #11 FedEx Toyota Camry in the Sprint Cup Series while Denny Hamlin recovers from an L1 Compression Fracture suffered during an accident on March 24 at Auto Club Speedway. "We've been real fortunate to have never been in this situation with the need to find someone to fill in for an injured driver," said J.D. Gibbs, president of Joe Gibbs Racing. "A lot goes into a decision like this but we are really pleased to have someone of the character and caliber of Mark Martin to fill in while Denny is out. Obviously we're not exactly sure how long that is going to take, but Mark's career speaks for itself and our team knows it will have the opportunity to compete for a win every week." Martin will make his first start for JGR in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday, April 7. Martin has made one previous appearance for JGR when he started in the NASCAR Nationwide Series last March at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and finished second. "I'm happy to have this opportunity to help out JGR, FedEx and Denny," said Martin. "Hopefully I can keep those guys up front and compete for wins while Denny heals up."(Joe Gibbs Racing)(3-28-2013)

http://www.jayski.com/cupnews.htm#20130327b

Re: Mark Martin to Drive The #11 While Hamlin Recovers

Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:26 pm

crap, that means no chance of Denny getting in for the start & being relieved. It would kill him to try & get in & out of Marks seat in a cup car.

Re: Mark Martin to Drive The #11 While Hamlin Recovers

Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:33 pm

Mark Martin would be a great choice, but on RACEHUB, JD Gibbs said they haven't made that decision. They have to keep Fed Ex happy and they are looking at all the scenarios to keep Denny in the race for the chase.

Re: Mark Martin to Drive The #11 While Hamlin Recovers

Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:35 pm

according tto Jayski.com
JGR & JD Gibbs has made the announcement.

Re: Mark Martin to Drive The #11 While Hamlin Recovers

Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:40 pm

So much for the Elliott Sadler rumor.

At least Mark is already familiar with Toyota coming from MWR.

Re: Mark Martin to Drive The #11 While Hamlin Recovers

Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:42 pm

Is this a slap in the face to Sadler?

Re: Mark Martin to Drive The #11 While Hamlin Recovers

Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:46 pm

onerockindoc wrote:Is this a slap in the face to Sadler?

He and Sam Hornish can commiserate during their Nationwide races this season.

Re: Mark Martin to Drive The #11 While Hamlin Recovers

Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:49 pm

Schmoopy1000 wrote:according tto Jayski.com
JGR & JD Gibbs has made the announcement.

The announcement is now also on NASCAR's website :arrow: http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/ ... acing.html

Re: Mark Martin to Drive The #11 While Hamlin Recovers

Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:58 pm

onerockindoc wrote:Is this a slap in the face to Sadler?


Naw Doc, This is a "BIG MONEY DEAL" for JGR"......$$$$$ is the name of the game.

Re: Mark Martin to Drive The #11 While Hamlin Recovers

Thu Mar 28, 2013 8:01 pm

onerockindoc wrote:Is this a slap in the face to Sadler?



Don't mind if I do :lol:

Sorry, but Elliott is not Cup caliber, and can't say that he ever truly was. Not that I don't like him, just not enough talent... IMO

Wouldn't have minded Vickers, but if Mark is scheduled to run the 55 while Denny is out, I'm guessing Brian will get the nod for that as long as it doesn't interfere with his NW ride. Vickers did very well last year in the 55 and as far as I'm concerned, has redeemed himself for the wreck fest of the prior year. While I'm not what you'd call a Martin fan, I think he'll do well with the 11. He's probably going to be a bit more competitive than anyone else and may do better as I think JGR has a tad better equipment than MWR. Glad to have an amiable driver for Grubb as I think he has enough to deal with having Denny out for so long.

Denny doesn't have Dr approval to get in the car so no way would he be getting in even for one lap. The only reason BK did it with his injury was cause the Dr said it was ok.

They also said on Race Hub that JGR wanted Denny's input too so I think this is good for everyone involved.

Re: Mark Martin to Drive The #11 While Hamlin Recovers

Thu Mar 28, 2013 8:04 pm

Coach Gibbs is not stupid. He is trying to win both a Cup & NWS championship. He wants to keep Elliott focused on NWS. The season is still young.

Re: Mark Martin to Drive The #11 While Hamlin Recovers

Thu Mar 28, 2013 9:00 pm

Mark Martin-RETIRE ALREADY!!!! :evil:
Can see why they wouldn't want Sadler and Vickers would probly crash the car,but Martin, give me a freakin break!!!! :roll:

Re: Mark Martin to Drive The #11 While Hamlin Recovers

Thu Mar 28, 2013 9:28 pm

I wonder if Joey will forget it's not Denny in the 11 and drive Mark Martin dirty. I'm sure MM hasn't forgotten Pocono last year....he's not that old.

Re: Mark Martin to Drive The #11 While Hamlin Recovers

Thu Mar 28, 2013 9:36 pm

Martin in the #11...you have got to be kidding me. Wasn't it Martin that recommended Logano to take over for Tony when he left ??? If my memory is correct, isn't that like a slap in the face to Denny. Put the driver in Denny's car that recommended the driver that wrecked him and put Denny in the hospital and took Denny out of his own car.

Re: Mark Martin to Drive The #11 While Hamlin Recovers

Thu Mar 28, 2013 9:58 pm

I kinda don't like ANYONE they have to pick from.....

I mean heck... put me in the #11...I can throw water bottles and block.... LOL
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