Talladega safely behind, Martin looking for a surge

Updated: October 11, 2006, 4:02 PM ET
By Mark Ashenfelter | Special to ESPN.com

Mark Martin was the man of the weekend at Talladega, and not because of anything that happened on the racetrack, either. Martin made his news two days before the race, when it was announced he'd run a part-time Nextel Cup schedule for MB2 Motorsports next season.

"It was a huge disappointment to Jack Roush and to myself, but after 19 years, I wanted to do what I wanted to do and that was not a full schedule, and it was also not standing on the sideline watching Nextel Cup racing." -- Mark ...

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