Sunday, March 18, 2007 – After scoring his fourth top-10 finish in the first four races, including a near-victory in the season-opening Daytona 500, NASCAR Cup Series points leader Mark Martin steps out of his No. 01 Chevrolet for a two-race “break.”
• Martin, who spent the bulk of his NASCAR career driving for team owner Jack Roush, moved to Ginn Racing for the 2007 season with the understanding that he would not run a full 36-race schedule. After finishes of second, fifth, fifth and 10th in the first four races, Martin was the points leader. And he was also out of the car for the next two races.
• Regan Smith stepped to run seven races in Martin’s absence while Aric Almirola drove for the team in five events.
• Martin made 24 starts for the season. He scored 11 top-10s and finished 27th in points.