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Mark Martin lauds Kevin Harvick for 'unbelievable' one-handed drive at Texas

HOMESTEAD, FL - NOVEMBER 16: Mark Martin, driver of the #14 Bass Pro Shops / Mobil 1 Chevrolet, stands in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, 2013 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images) FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 06: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John's Chevrolet, adjusts his equipment in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 6, 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)

HOMESTEAD, FL - NOVEMBER 16: Mark Martin, driver of the #14 Bass Pro Shops / Mobil 1 Chevrolet, stands in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, 2013 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images) FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 06: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John's Chevrolet, adjusts his equipment in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 6, 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)

Retired veteran Mark Martin (left) was impressed, to say the least, by Kevin Harvick (right) on Sunday.

Revered by many observers as one of the toughest men to ever strap in a NASCAR stock car, Mark Martin isn't all that easily impressed.

But the retired veteran of 882 top series NASCAR starts understandably recognizes toughness when he sees it.

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Such was clearly the case on Sunday when Martin, widely touted for his robust workout regimen and the physical fitness of his slender, 5-foot-6 frame, took to Twitter to sing the praises of Kevin Harvick.

Martin, who watched the Texas Sprint Cup race from afar, was in awe of how the 2014 Sprint Cup champion managed to drive the final 94 laps with only his left hand, while holding his shifter -- which had popped out of gear -- with his right hand.

Here's what Martin, a five-time Sprint Cup Series championship runner-up and winner of 40 Cup races, had to say: