Rick Hendrick says he'll honor Mark Martin's contract

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Team owner Rick Hendrick says he intends to

honor his contract with Mark Martin even as Kasey Kahne waits in

the wings for an open seat at NASCAR's top organization.

Hendrick has signed Kahne to drive the No. 5 Chevrolet beginning

in 2012. Martin has another year left on his contract to drive that

car, and the veteran driver has grown frustrated with the constant

speculation over where he'll be driving next season.

It hit a new height this weekend when former Hendrick crew chief

Ray Evernham says he believes Martin will step aside so that Kahne

can get his new car a year early.

Hendrick said Sunday that Evernham was not speaking for him.