Martin unable to hang on for Daytona victory

Mark Martin had a chance to win the Daytona 500. Like so many other times in his career, he saw another driver snatch victory away from him, writes David Newton.

Updated: February 18, 2007, 10:40 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Mark Martin told former teammate Jeff Burton during the offseason this might be his best chance to win the Daytona 500.

"My heart wasn't broken. I've done this stuff a long time and I've had a lot worse happen than what happened the last 200 yards of this race -- a lot worse." -- Mark Martin

He told him the restrictor plate program for the Chevrolet he would drive at Ginn Racing was better than any of the Fords he drove the past 19 years for former owner ...

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