Martin feeling relieved

DEAN MCNULTY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:33 AM ET

BROOKLYN, Mich. All Mark Martin ever wanted during the drawn out negotiations to find Kasey Kahne a seat for the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup season other than the 51-year-old Martins.

No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet was a little respect. On Friday, in Aretha Franklins home town, he said he found it.

A month ago at the Brickyard 400, Martin blasted critics who had suggested he quit his job as driver of the No. 5 Chevrolet so that Kahne who will take over in 2012 anyway could get into the car next year.

Martin said such comments showed him no respect.

But now that Kahne has signed a deal to driver for Red Bull in 2011, Martin is relieved.

Now that its behind us, it does feel a little lighter, Martin said of the mood around his team. So, I would say that we did the best that we could under the circumstances at managing all of that, and the air does feel a little lighter.

Iron horse

Roush-Fenway Racing co-owner Jack Roush was released from hospital on Thursday after suffering serious eye and back injuries in a plane crash two weeks ago.

On Friday, Roush showed up at Michigan International Speedway where he is the winningest team owner to watch his four-car Ford squad compete in the Carfax 400.

I heard a rumour he may try to make it, Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 Ford, said. He just came home, I believe, yesterday or the day before, so Im not really sure if the doctors will let him. But you know Jack, the iron horse, hell want to be here.

Roush suffered permanent damage to his left eye in the accident but said he still wants to keep flying.


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