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Polesitter Mark Martin dominated the first quarter of Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Pure Michigan 400 - until an altercation between Juan Pablo Montoya and Bobby Labonte collected him on Lap 64.
Before Kasey Kahne could slow, he plowed into the rear of Martin's leading No. 55 Toyota and Martin went flying down pit road and slammed driver-side first into the end of a wall in front of the No. 5 team's pit stall. The impact from the corner came just inches from the driver's compartment.
"That was a pretty freak angle that I got at that," Martin said. "I'm not sure what you could do. It could have been really bad if I would have got in that hole a little deeper where it caught me in the door instead of in the crush area back there. It's hard to keep up with what exactly is going to be happening there. I was hoping that I was going to miss the pit wall completely and not tear the car up, but then I saw that the angle I was going that I was going to hit the end of pit wall.
"I never thought about getting on the other side of pit wall. I think that would have been hard at the angle that I was coming, but that certainly would not have been good."
Martin led a race-high 54 laps before he finished 35th.
On a lighter note, Martin will continue his role with Michael Waltrip Racing in 2013. Martin, who turns 54 in January, will drive 22 races for MWR next year.
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NASCAR driver Mark Martin walked away after a frightening crash in Sunday's Pure Michigan 400 at the Michigan International Speedway.
Martin was leading on lap 64 when Bobby Labonte spun off Turn 4. Martin and Kasey Kahne were caught up in the crash.
Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet, met with members of the media at Michigan International Speedway and discussed where he is in points with four races remaining before the Chase, how he feels the speeds will be this weekend and more.
TALK ABOUT WHERE YOU SIT RIGHT NOW AS FAR AS THE CHASE IS CONCERNED AND HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT COMING IN THIS WEEK TO MICHIGAN...
THE MODERATOR: We’ll get started with our post race press conference. We welcome Kasey Kahne who finished third in today’s race.
Kasey, talk a little bit about the race out there today.
KASEY KAHNE: Man, there’s a lot that went on for us. We had a really good, awesome Farmers Insurance Chevrolet at the start. Tracked down Mark Martin who was hung up behind a couple...
BROOKLYN, MI – On lap 68 of the 200-lap Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, Kasey Kahne and his No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet avoided a multi-car wreck and slid through the infield grass of Michigan International Speedway. A fast race car, minor repairs by the crew, and 132 laps later, Kahne and the No. 5 team had rallied back to the fourth position as the field...