If Martin sticks to plan, Smith has big shoes to fill

If Mark Martin sticks to his plan to sit out the Bristol race in two weeks, poor Regan Smith will step into one of the biggest no-win situations in history, writes Terry Blount.

Updated: March 13, 2007, 4:49 PM ET
By Terry Blount | ESPN.com

If Mark Martin sticks to the script, Regan Smith is less than two weeks away from the toughest job in NASCAR.

It's not every day that a Nextel Cup rookie could replace a guy who is on top of the standings. That's a realistic possibility for Smith.

Martin has to listen to his least-favorite question only one more week. Will he stay in the car or will he get out? The last lap of Sunday's race at Atlanta Motor Speedway is a career-changing moment for Martin.

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