In the span of three weeks, Mark Martin has executed a complete turnabout in his racing fortunes.
After going 42 races without a victory on the Winston Cup circuit, Martin has won the last two events.On Friday night, he extended his winning ways to the 1997 True Value Pontiac International Race of Champions series by passing Jimmy Vasser with nine laps left and winning the second-round event at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
"For the last several weeks, everything has just been going incredible," Martin said. "I hope it can continue."
Martin, seeking his second straight IROC title and third in four years, overtook Al Unser Jr. for the series points lead. With two of the four events left, Martin has 41 points compared to 36 for Unser and 24 for Robby Gordon.
"We're looking good," Martin said. "Everything I do seems to be the right thing."
Of the 12 drivers in the field, only Martin and Vasser were able to put their identically prepared Pontiac Firebird Trans-Ams in the lead during the 67-lap event on Charlotte's 1.5-mile, high-banked trioval.