Hendrick thinks Martin may race again

Old man Mark Martin would never cut it in IndyCar or F1

But one of his bigger fans and former car owners isn't so sure. Hes still super-competitive, and I wouldn't bet that he doesn't show up again, Rick Hendrick said before Sunday's AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. Martin won five races for Hendrick from 2009-11. Everywhere he goes, hes made a difference, said Hendrick, whose current stable includes Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kasey Kahne.

At his age (54), he deserves to take a break if he wants to, but hes still an awesome driver. Im just telling you, I wouldn't be surprised, as good as he is, if someone (team) gets in a jam and needs a driver, they'll be calling him. And I bet he comes back. Asked about that possibility by azcentral sports Friday, Martin admitted, I can't imagine not getting called. Im prepared to deal with that on a one-on-one basis. … I won't be in the Daytona 500 under any circumstances. Arizona Republic

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