Here he is. In the middle of the Casino Destroyer Chase for the Championship (he currently sits third, only 10 points out of first). In the middle of his second retirement tour. Giving interviews left and right that he has no desire to run Nextel Cup cars anymore, and that he'll be satisfied with a part-time ride in the Craftsman Truck series. Rolling into Talladega and telling the world that he's parting company with Roush Racing, and will instead run 22 races in the MB2 Motorsports #01 car, currently piloted by Joe Nemechek.
Martin is, as they say, a whopping flake. He complains about his car all day long over the radio, then gets out of the car and tells reporters, with tears in his eyes, that he loves his team, he loves the car they gave him, he loves everyone. He hasn't won a race this year, but has seven top-fives and 14 top-10s, and just as important, is the only driver in the Chase for the Championship without a DNF (he's also the only driver in the Chase without a win).
He's been quite good on the high-banked unrestricted 1.5-mile speedways this year (a fifth-place finishing average, second-best on the Smokeless Set), on which three of the final six races will take place. Martin jerked us around on his "Salute To You" Tour (in which he and Rusty Wallace accepted tons of retirement gifts at every track they visited), and then jerked us around this year, claiming his was done with stock cars. Oh, yeah, except the part where MB2 decides to pay him upwards of $10 million for next season.