Martin entered 16 of 23 races as part of a shared ride in the No. 55 with Michael Waltrip at Brian Vickers at MWR. Vickers, who won this season at New Hampshire, will now drive the No. 55 Toyota for MWR in 12 of the final 13 races. He was originally scheduled to drive just three more times. Waltrip will race the No. 55 at Talladega as previously scheduled.
Martin has 40 wins and 56 poles in 870 career Sprint Cup starts.
‘‘My motivation for racing is not for points, it’s for racing,’’ Martin said. ‘‘I want to race, and I want to finish.’’
— The Associated Press
Prep football player dies after making tackle
FAIRBURN, Ga. (AP) — The death of a suburban Atlanta high school player who suffered a spinal cord injury during a preseason football game has prompted an investigation by Georgia authorities.
De’Antre Turman, a 16-year-old junior at Creekside High School in Fairburn, Ga., fractured a vertebrae in his upper spinal cord during a scrimmage Friday night, investigators in the Atlanta area’s Fulton County Medical Examiner’s officials have said.
Georgia High School Association Executive Director Ralph Swearngin told CBS Atlanta on Monday that among other things, the agency will investigate what type of equipment Turman was wearing.
One of Turman’s coaches from an after-school college prep program told WXIA-TV that the teen appeared to go limp immediately after tackling the receiver from the opposing team.
“It was a fundamental tackle,” Glenn Ford told the television station, adding that the teen’s head was up at the time of impact and nothing appeared to be out of the ordinary about Turman’s technique.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Turman — nicknamed “Tre Tre” — had already been offered a scholarship to the University of Kentucky.