MARTINSVILLE, VA (SPEEDTV.com) - Although Joey Logano has crowded into the headlines recently, Mark Martin will be front and center this weekend at Martinsville Speedway.
Martin has temporary seating in one of the Sprint Cup circuit's best cars – the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 11. He is replacing injured Denny Hamlin at a track where Hamlin has had remarkable success. Martin also knows Martinsville (although he has 48 starts and two wins at the track, the speedway was not named for him).
The combination of Martin's experience and the No. 11 team's excellent recent history at the track leads many to the conclusion that Martin will be among the three or four favorites Sunday in a one-off appearance for the Gibbs team.
"It's a challenge for me," Martin said Friday. "It's exciting for me to work with all new people, a new spotter and all. It has me up on my toes paying attention and trying to get in sync with a whole group of people and new faces, but that's a good thing.
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