LOOKING BACK: Martin almost won his last race in the 55 car as he was leading Michigan with four laps to go. But he ran out of gas and ended the day in 27th place. "We needed another caution to make it," said Martin. "We had the speed to pull it out. Kudos to Rodney Childers (crew chief), they went for it and rolled the dice. It's not crazy to expect a caution at the end of these NASCAR races. We had to run a little harder than we would have liked to stay ahead of Joey (Logano). We just needed another caution and we could have pulled it off."

ETC.: Waltrip was quick to thank Martin for making our organization "stronger, better and more confident and more focused than the day he showed up. Mark's leadership the past two years has been so impactful that he has left a mark on this company that will be here as long as we race. With Mark, we accomplished everything we hoped to when he came to this organization, which was bringing that winning confidence to the team, the experience to help elevate our program." Waltrip will drive the 55 car at Talladega in October.