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The Lugnut Report: Martin Comes Up Short Again In Homestead

“Martin may be the bridesmaid once more, but he is anything but bitter.” -Examiner “Mark Martin is NASCAR's king of close calls.” -Orlando Sentinel   “Fryer's Five: Martin is a true champion.” -Yahoo! Sports   All in all in 2009, Mark Martin was just happy to be there.   Entering the Ford 400 at Homestead Miami Speedway, Martin was 108 points behind championship leader and teammate Jimmie Johnson. Clinching his first Sprint Cup title was possible, but highly unlikely.   The team led by Alan Gustafson practiced well throughout the weekend, even winning the second practice session. He was also able to put his Chevrolet fourth on the board during Friday's qualifying. Unfortunately, Johnson qualified on pole, allowing them to pi...

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