Mark Martin Race Summary: No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota driver Mark Martin finished 11th in Sunday’s 400-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Martin started 19th and climbed to 13th in the early going. He raced in that spot throughout most of the race. The Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota came alive in the late stages and Martin climbed as high as eighth with 25 laps remaining. After gaining spots throughout the day during the frenetic restarts at Indianapolis, Martin lost four spots when he was shuffled from the high groove on the race’s final restart. Martin battled back to regain one of the lost spots and finish 11th. Martin has posted a top-11 finish in eight consecutive races at Indianapolis. Martin and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to action on Sunday at Pocono Raceway.
- Started 19th and finished 11th
- Climbed as high as eighth.
- Lost four spot on a wild restart with about 25 laps to go.
- Regained one of the lost spots in the final laps
- Eighth consecutive top-11 finish at Indy.
MARTIN: ““The finish is a little disappointing since we were getting up in the top-10 and then we got caught in a losing shuffle there on that last restart. We had a solid top-five car there and I was really proud of it — proud of our Toyota engine, it was so strong. We need to get a little bit better. We didn’t have a top-five car, but we did have a top-10 and it was a great team effort by our guys. We’ll keep working on it and try to get it a little faster. This car was good on restarts. The outside on that last restart just wasn’t the place to be. I wasn’t able to get a hole and I lost a bunch of spots.”
- Jimmie Johnson won the race by 4.758 seconds over second place Kyle Busch.
- Greg Biffle, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon rounded out the top-five finishers.
- The race took two hours and 54 minutes.
- The race featured 17 lead changes among nine drivers.
- Five cautions slowed the race for 25 laps.
- NASCAR estimated the attendance at 125,000