AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Mark Martin won't judge this season on whether or not he can catch teammate Jimmie Johnson for the Sprint Cup title.
No matter where Martin finishes in the final standings, the 50-year-old veteran says 2009 has been the best year of his life.
Martin has had a resurgence this season, his first with Hendrick Motorsports. He's won five races and is second in the standings, 73 points behind Johnson with two races remaining.
The sentimental favorite to win the championship, Martin could instead be headed to a fifth runner-up finish in the standings.
Still, he says he's at peace with every aspect of his life and has never been happier.