Originally written on Start 'N' Park Blog  |  Last updated 11/5/14

TALLADEGA, AL - OCTOBER 30: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AMP Energy 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 30, 2009 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Mark Martin will be stepping into the #11 FedEx Toyota this weekend at the Martinsville Speedway in a one off race to help the team while normal driver Denny Hamlin recovers from injuries suffered in the last race in Fontana. Martin spoke to the media Friday about the relief effort and what it means to get behind the wheel of a car that has been a proven winner at Martinsville. “I’ve seen that car on the race track, followed it on the race track with Denny (Hamlin) behind the wheel and tried to figure out and mimic how he was doing what he was doing, especially at Richmond (International Raceway) — here as well — and Denny is a master at being able to make the rear tires last and get good speed at the same time, so it’s a challenge for me. It’s exciting for me to work with all new people, 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.  That challenge is something that motivates me to make sure I’m engaged 100 percent,” Martin told reporters. For the weekend, Martin was starting with Hamlin’s previous set-up for the track. An interesting move since both drivers have different driving styles. “Well, it’s a good place to start. You have to realize that the tire has changed and the Gen-6 rules in the rear of the car are quite different than they were a year ago, so we will — everyone will probably have to adjust to some of those changes.  It’s an excellent place to start for all of us and we will collaborate on what the car feels like and what I think it needs.  I have had a long conversation with Denny about what he feels and what he thinks the way he does, runs this race track and I’ve told him the things, my experiences and what I think and they line up closely.  They are some things that I’m going to be looking for that I haven’t as hard in the past that he suggested and we will work together to try to get the best result that we can. That’s what we’ll do.  We’re going to put our best foot forward and work hard and I’m definitely listening and Denny tweeted he looked forward to learning something from me and it’s like it may be the other way around here.  He’s one of the masters at this race track.  We’ll work together and try to get the best result we can,” explained Martin. Hamlin will be at the track, it was thought to be only on Sunday, but he was there Friday to assist the team. Ironically, his team has a garage stall next to Joey Logano’s team, the very driver who’s contact led to Hamlin being sidelined. “He was very forthcoming with how he approaches practice and how he approaches the race as far as lines he drives and whatnot.  That information is there and it’s a two-way street and I will do anything that I can to help this team and represent Denny well as well.  I’ll do everything that I can.  I’ll do my very best,” said Martin. Martin is again showing what a class act he is by stepping in and giving 110% for a team he will most likely not drive for again. He’ll start deep in the field Sunday, but look for him to get to the front quickly.

Chargers keep playoff hopes alive with comeback win

Robin Lopez responds to Khloe Kardashian dating rumors

Report: Jermaine O'Neal 'intrigued' about joining Mavs

Report: Robert Griffin III likely to return to Redskins

Izzo criticizes coaches, players after embarrassing loss

Report: Kings, Nets talking Deron Williams trade


Is Rampage Jackson heading back to the UFC?

WATCH: DeSean Jackson mocks Eagles after win

Michael Vick: Jameis Winston is the future of the NFL

Report: No NFL team is moving to Los Angeles in 2015

Report: 49ers looking for young, offensive mind as next coach

Sheldon Richardson: I'm on the same level as JJ Watt

Dan Mullen wears funny 'Christmas Vacation' sweater

WATCH: Redskins FB gets in Eagles fan's face after TD

WATCH: Utah runs trick play on first offensive play of game

Mick Cronin misses game with unruptured aneurysm

Steve Alford: Kentucky is best team I've coached against

Peyton Siva jokes that Rick Pitino is in the mob

WATCH: Montrezl Harrell ejected for throwing punch

UNC wearing Jordan-era throwback uniforms

Brian Kelly: Justin Brent gets 'distracted,' is in my doghouse

Five free agent signings that should happen in 2015

Reporter asks Rajon Rondo awkward question about trade

Video: Swaggy P elbows Steven Adams in throat, gets ejected

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Mullen wears funny Christmas sweater

RG3 returning to Redskins?

Tom Izzo hot after bad loss

Kings, Nets talking Deron Williams trade

WATCH: DeSean mocks Eagles

Vick: Winston is the future of the NFL

No NFL team in LA next season?

UNC rocking Jordan-era throwbacks

Reporter asks Rondo awkward question

Three quarterbacks who could be traded this offseason

Jon Lester and the Cubs

Report: NFL players used 'horny juice'

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.