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“The best part of not being at the racetrack is being able to put my arms around my wife, see her, and do what I please,” he said. “Instead of meeting a schedule, I just do whatever I feel like doing. It’s a piece of life that I didn’t have.”

Martin has two top-five finishes this season — ironically, he didn’t win the pole either time. This is his first pole in 54 starts at MIS. He did start first in June 1990, when qualifying was canceled due to inclement weather.