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Martin's power of being grateful

Updated: July 31, 2009, 12:04 AM ET
By Ed Hinton | ESPN.com

Mark Martin is a dynamo running on gratitude. He can overwhelm you with it. Make you tired of hearing it if you're not careful -- if you don't understand that gratitude is his life force.

After any race, no matter where he has finished, he no sooner catches his breath than he says into somebody's microphone, "I'm grateful …"

When Rick Hendrick signed him for this season, I couldn't quite understand why.

That's because I didn't understand gratitude as ...

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