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Martin Settles for Second Again
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) -- Typically, when a NASCAR driver does something that only Richard Petty and Bobby Allison have done before is a sign of excellence.

Not this time, not for Mark Martin.

His wait for a NASCAR championship will last at least another year.

Martin accepted NASCAR's silver medal for the fifth time Sunday, unable in the season-ending Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway to make a run at derailing Jimmie Johnson's march toward stock-car immortality.

Johnson is the first driver to celebrate a fourth straight NASCAR title while Martin joined Petty and Allison as the only drivers to finish No. 2 in the points standings five times.

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