Atlanta II: Mark Martin preview

Martin Looks To Haunt Opposition at Atlanta After a 12th-place run last week in Martinsville, Martin and the team will look for a solid run this weekend in Atlanta where they were very fast last week during a two-day test session. Martin, who...

Martin Looks To Haunt Opposition at Atlanta

After a 12th-place run last week in Martinsville, Martin and the team will look for a solid run this weekend in Atlanta where they were very fast last week during a two-day test session. Martin, who has two wins and 17 top-10 finishes in 37 starts at Altlanta will look to build on that success this weekend.

Chassis Number: (RK-118) - The team will run RK-118 at Atlanta this week. Atlanta will be the first run for RK-118 which posted some of the fastest times during the testing session at Atlanta last week.

Worthy Note: Ten of Martin's 17 top-10 finishes and both of his wins at Atlanta have come in the fall race.

Also, Martin will start his 600th career Nextel Cup race next week in Phoenix.

THE CHASE FOR THE NEXTEL CUP - MARTIN IN FIFTH WITH FOUR TO GO

Martin remains in fifth place in the Chase. He currently trails first by 224 points and fourth by 17 points with four races remaining.

BREAKING DOWN THE FINAL FOUR

Martin has a combined four wins at the remaining four tracks, including two at Atlanta, with both coming in the fall. Martin has combined 34 top fives, 55 top 10's and four poles in 95 starts at the remaining four tracks. Martin has finished in the top 10 in almost 60 percent of his starts at those tracks.

TRIPLE DUTY

In addition to his Nextel Cup duties, Martin will be making his long-awaited return to the ASA series this weekend in Atlanta. Martin will also make his fourth Busch start of the season this weekend in Atlanta, where he pulls into the weekend looking for a trio of victories. This will be Martin's first ever ASA race at Atlanta and his 10th in the Busch series, where he has three wins.

MARTIN AT ATLANTA

This will be Martin's 38th start at Atlanta Motor Speedway, where the veteran driver has tallied 17 top-10 finishes and nine top-fives. Martin ran his first race at the track on March 21, 1982 where he finished 19th. He returned that same year and drove to a top-10 finish in the spring. The No. 6 team posted a pair of top-10 finishes there in 2002, but fell victim to mechanical failures in both races there in 2003. The team finished 14th there in the spring.

QUOTING MARK AND PAT ON ATLANTA

"Atlanta is the fastest track that we go to that's not a restrictor plate race and that makes for a lot of fun. It's my kind of racetrack. You have to figure out how to go fast through those corners. If you do that you'll be in good shape on the straight-aways. It's a fast track and sometime you might find yourself holding your breath, but it makes for some good racing.

"It's the shape, the size, the banking and the transitions from straightaway to corner that make it so fast. It makes better speed. If you made sharper corners, it wouldn't be as fast. If you had flat straight-aways and then corners that were banked up, you'd have to slow down more approaching the corner. It's just the shape and the banking, coupled with the transitions and size that really make it a lot of fun."

PAT TRYSON

"We had a pretty good test there last week and we are excited about going back for the real deal. We are taking a new car and we really liked the way it preformed at the test, so we are looking for an exciting weekend and hopefully we'll be able to make the car fast enough to put it in victory lane. If we can do that, I have no doubt the driver will get it there. We've had some good runs lately, we just haven't been able to get the finish we should have, but hopefully we'll be able to put it all together this weekend in Altanta and take the Viagra car back to victory lane."

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