Mark Martin gave up a spot in the show to watch it from home, and wouldn’t change a thing about his first weekend off in 622 NASCAR races.
Martin wasn’t sure how he’d feel watching Sunday’s race from Bristol Motor Speedway, but after dozing off twice during the 500-mile event, he realized he can live without racing.
”I never once wished I was out there,” Martin said Monday. ”When they started the engines, there was a few seconds there that seemed a little bit eerie to me. But that was the only time that it ever even crossed my mind.
”There was no anxiety whatsoever. I enjoyed watching the race. I nodded off once or twice during a commercial, but snapped right back up. It was just a wonderful weekend. I wouldn’t trade it for a Nextel Cup.”
It was the final hurdle Martin had to cross to know for sure that he can continue his plan of easing into retirement.
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