Martin has never been a fan of restrictor-plate racing, which often results in a large number of cars running side-by-side and in tight packs.
“We told 50 Cent if we won the race, he would have to change his name to 55 Cent for one day,” Martin said. “I was trying really hard to get that name change for one day.”
“First of all, I feel extremely grateful for the opportunity,” said the 54-year-old Martin, who could be in his final season. “There are a number of drivers that didn’t get to have a shot at the Daytona 500, and I was at least close enough to have an outside shot. So I feel extremely lucky for that opportunity.”
“I’m definitely not going to talk about 2014 yet,” said Martin, who has a part-time deal with Michael Waltrip Racing.
Who knows how much 50 Cent will divulge about what went down Sunday. The entertainer and budding boxing promoter was caught trying to kiss Fox Sports’ Erin Andrews on the lips on live television.
He ended up landing one on her left check and then followed her down the starting grid. Andrews appeared caught off guard.
“Hey I wanted to kiss her, so I did,” 50 Cent later posted on his Twitter page.
Shortly after the failed attempt, which provided fodder for Internet sites everywhere, 50 Cent headed to Martin’s pit box.
Martin then won $817,013 for his finish. Even 50 Cent would have to admit that’s some pretty nice pocket change. Martin is a noted rap fan. His Twitter bio says, “Gucci Mane my favorite rapper.” He tweeted a pre-race picture with rapper T.I.
It was his best showing in a Sprint Cup points race at Daytona since finishing a close second to Kevin Harvick in 2007.
“I’ve told you guys over and over again: I’m not bitter about the things I haven’t accomplished,” Martin said. “I’m pretty damn proud of the things I have. That’s how I feel about it.”
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