Martin Looks For Continued Progress at 'Big and Fast' Atlanta Track MOORESVILLE, N.C. (March 6, 2008) -- Mark Martin and the No. 8 U.S. Army/Dale Earnhardt Inc. Team will look to build on their continued momentum when the NASCAR Sprint Cup...
Martin Looks For Continued Progress at 'Big and Fast' Atlanta Track
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (March 6, 2008) -- Mark Martin and the No. 8 U.S. Army/Dale Earnhardt Inc. Team will look to build on their continued momentum when the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit travels to Atlanta Motor Speedway for the fourth race of the season. Martin finished 10th last week at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and showed glimpses of what could be to come for the No. 8 team, qualifying third for the race and running as high as second.
"We are on a good run," said Martin, who took part in Monday's NASCAR test session with the No. 8 team at Phoenix International Raceway. "We learned some stuff in Vegas and we showed a great deal of improvement from what we had in California. Tony (Gibson) and the guys on this team have shown a great ability to keep working with the cars and make them better as we go.
"We were off at California and we didn't appear to be much better at Vegas, but they never gave up and we had a great effort in qualifying and were a pretty good car by the time the race rolled around."
This will mark Martin's 45th start at the 1.54-mile banked oval, dating back to his first start there in March 1982. Martin finished 19th that day, but returned in November to post the first of his 22 top-10 finishes at Atlanta. Along the way he has picked up two wins and 13 top-five finishes. He finished 10th at Atlanta last spring, but 43rd in the fall after getting claimed in an early accident.
"Atlanta's a big, fast racetrack and I've always enjoyed the racing there," added Martin. "The pavement has gotten a little older and it has really made for a great place to race again. To be honest, it is one of the best places we go and definitely one of my favorite tracks. The speed and the room really make for a good show, and if you can get your car hooked up just right, then you can have a lot of fun out there."