All-Star: Mark Martin preview

MARTIN LOOKS FOR THIRD ALL-STAR WIN After tough races the past two weeks at Richmond and Darlington, Mark Martin and the No. 01 U.S. Army Team get a reprieve from the Car of Tomorrow this weekend when NASCAR takes a break from point racing...

MARTIN LOOKS FOR THIRD ALL-STAR WIN

After tough races the past two weeks at Richmond and Darlington, Mark Martin and the No. 01 U.S. Army Team get a reprieve from the Car of Tomorrow this weekend when NASCAR takes a break from point racing for the Nextel All-Star Challenge at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C.

Worthy Note:

Martin is one of three active drivers with multiple All-Star wins.

A True All Star

This will be Martin's 18th straight All-Star Challenge. He has won the event twice -- in 1998 and 2005. He has also posted seven top-10 and five top-five finishes

Double Duty

Martin will make his return to the Craftsman Truck Series this weekend, when he makes his second career truck start at Lowe's Motor Speedway and his second career start in the Wood Brother's No. 21 truck.

Martin Adds Three More Races to 2007 Cup Schedule

Three Nextel Cup races have been added to Martin's limited 2007 schedule with Ginn Racing. He will now drive the No. 01 U.S. Army Chevy at Pocono in August. and at Richmond and Dover in September. Martin will drive the No. 01 in the next five Cup events, including the Coca-Cola 600, before handing the wheel back to Regan Smith for the June 24 race in Sonoma, Calif.

Martin's Quotes

"The Nextel All-Star is one of the coolest races of the year. It's a little different for me this year, but in years past the really cool thing about it was a week where you could take off from the constant pressures of point racing and just go for it. We were able to do that and we were able to win that thing a couple of times. The win in '98 was a huge surprise, because we were running in second and Jeff (Gordon) ran out of gas. The win a couple of years ago was really awesome and one of the highlights of my career. We didn't have the best car in the field that night, but just really let it all hang out and went for it. We were able to get in the lead and we just never gave it up.

"I was very pleased with the test we had at Charlotte last week and I think we will have some fast cars for the next couple of weeks. I love Lowe's Motor Speedway and it will be a little bit of a relief to get away from the COT battle for a couple of weeks as well. Lowe's has always been one of my favorite tracks and I'm looking forward to getting out there with Ryan Pemberton and this U.S. Army team."

-credit: gr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Regan Smith , Mark Martin