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Latest Posts Latest posts by Nicole Ouellette (see all) Ask Nicole: What do I do about ignorant Internet commenters? – April 21, 2015 Bio Kickstarter has lots of gray areas – May 5, 2015 DARLINGTON, S.C. — Mark Martin did it again. The oldest driver in the 43-car field showed the youngsters a thing or two Saturday night in the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. Mark Martin’s win in Saturday’s Southern 500 was his second of the season.“It’s absolutely unbelievable,” Martin said. “This is a big surprise. We had a strong car, but I never expected to win. Alan Gustafson (Martin’s crew chief) is absolutely the best. I may have been his childhood hero, but I’m living a second childhood now — and he’s my childhood hero.“We had a good enough car to do it, and pit strategy put us in a position to pull it off.”Fifty-year-old Martin charged home ahead of three-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson and other younger drivers to win the 367-lap marathon on what is known as NASCAR’s toughest track.Martin, an ageless racing junkie who tried to retire a couple years ago but couldn’t, won the race in style, pulling away from Johnson at the end.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textPhysically fit and pumped up for the season in a Hendrick Chevrolet, Martin ran with the big dogs up front all night, keeping his car in one piece and saving the best for last.It was a record-setting night for cautions under a full South Carolina moon. Seventeen times the caution waved as driver after driver made contact with Darlington’s famous walls. Most of them didn’t just get a Darlington Stripe, as is the norm for this 1.366-mile, egg-shaped oval. They hit hard enough to take the paint off the whole right side of the car.Trailing Martin and Johnson across the stripe were Tony Stewart and his teammate Ryan Newman. Stewart’s third-place run was his fifth top-five in his last six starts.“This is the best I’ve run in the 500, so I’m ecstatic about it. We’re doing things right, it’s just a matter of time,” said Stewart.Dale Earnhardt Jr. continues to struggle. He finished seven laps down in 27th.Jeremy Mayfield, driver of the No. 41 Toyota, Tony Martin, a licensed crew member of the No. 34 Sprint Cup Series team, and Ben Williams, licensed crew member of the No. 16 Nationwide Series team, have been suspended indefinitely from NASCAR for violation of NASCAR’s Substance Abuse Policy.The remaining top-10 finishers Saturday were: 5. Jeff Gordon, 6. Martin Truex, 7. Brad Keselowski, 8. Greg Biffle, 9. Joey Logano, 10. Matt Kenseth.Top 12 Chase contenders after 11 of 26: 1. J. Gordon-1,601, 2. Stewart-1,572, 3. Kurt Busch-1,546, 4. Johnson-1,465, 5. Hamlin-1,445, 6. Burton-1,384, 7. Kyle Busch-1,380, 8. Newman-1,363, 9. Biffle-1,345, 10. Kenseth-1,326, 11. Martin-1,316, 12. Edwards-1,271.Kenseth Gets Nationwide WinMatt Kenseth capitalized on Kyle Busch’s flat tire with three laps to go to win Friday night’s Nationwide Series race.Top 10 points leaders: 1. Kyle Busch-1,539, 2. Edwards-1,502, 3. Leffler-1,386, 4. Logano-1,340, 5. Keslelowski-1,331, 6. Keller-1,181, 7. Ragan-1,139, 8, Lagasse-1,095, 9. Allgaier-1,089, 10. S. Wallace-1,088.Weekend Racing ScheduleOn Friday, May 15, The Camping World Trucks will be at the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway. It will be televised on Speed, beginning at 7:30 p.m. (EDT).The 2009 edition of the Sprint All-Star Race will be run Saturday, May 16, at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. There will be a total of 100 laps on the 1.5-mile tri-oval. There will be four segments — with a 50-lap first segment, two 20-lap segments and one 10-lap shootout to the finish line. It will be televised on Speed beginning at 7 p.m. (EDT).The Nationwide teams have an off week.Racing Trivia Question: How many Cup wins does Rick Mears, driver of the 07 Chevrolet, have? Last Week’s Question: After a brief absence, Sterling Marlin is back in Cup racing. Which team does he drive for?Answer: He is driving part time in the 09 Phoenix Racing Dodge.You may contact the Racing Reporter at [email protected] Hold the pickles and the piercings, please – April 28, 2015 Nicole OuelletteColumnist at Breaking Even CommunicationsWhen Nicole isn’t giving advice she’s completely unqualified to give, she runs an Internet marketing company in Bar Harbor, where she lives with her husband Derrick and their short dog Gidget. She loves young adult novels, cooking and talking French to anyone who’ll talk back. [email protected]