Martin Ready For A Break

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Mark Martin has a four week hiatus on tap after this weekend's Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway and the veteran driver would like to enjoy his vacation away from the track with a win.

Aric Armirola will take the wheel of the DEI No. 8 in Bristol and Martinsville before Martin jumps back in on April 6th at Texas Motor Speedway.

Atlanta has been good to Martin over the years and he is poised for another solid outing on Sunday.

Sunday will mark Martin's 45th-career Cup start at Atlanta, where he has posted 22 top-10 finishes, 13 top fives and two wins.

Martin ran his first career Cup race at Atlanta 24 years ago on March 21, 1982, finishing 19th. He returned there that fall and drove to a top 10. He has posted top-10 finishes at AMS in five of the last seven races including a 10th-place finish there last spring.

"Atlanta's a big, fast racetrack, and I've always enjoyed racing there," Martin said. "The pavement has gotten a little older and it has finally given up and made it a really fun place to race again. From top-to-bottom, it's one of the best places that we go, and it usually makes for a great show and a great race."

"We ran a lot better last weekend in Las Vegas and I'm excited about getting to Atlanta and seeing what we can do to build on that this weekend."

Martin has had a solid start to the 2008 Sprint Cup Series season, progressively getting better since the 31st-place run to open the year at Daytona.

A 16th- place finish in Fontana and last week's 10th in Vegas has Martin optimistic about his chance in Atlanta this weekend/

"Tony (Gibson) and the guys on this No. 8 U.S. Army Team continue to do an outstanding job," he said. "I really enjoy working with these guys and I'm looking forward to getting some more races under our belts. They have done an outstanding job in the pits and the cars are getting better each week. Hopefully we can go to Atlanta and put together another strong run and a solid finish."

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