Bristol II: Mark Martin preview

MARTIN ROLLS INTO BRISTOL FIFTH IN POINTS With only three races remaining before the cutoff period, Martin moves into Bristol fifth in the Nextel Cup points. The team hopes to rebound from their 17th-place finish last weekend at Michigan, as ...

MARTIN ROLLS INTO BRISTOL FIFTH IN POINTS

With only three races remaining before the cutoff period, Martin moves into Bristol fifth in the Nextel Cup points. The team hopes to rebound from their 17th-place finish last weekend at Michigan, as Martin will be looking for his third career victory at Bristol.

Chassis Number: (RK-174) - The team will run RK-274 this weekend at Bristol. This will be the car's fourth run this season; It finished third at Martinsville, 16th at Phoenix and 15th at Richmond.

Worthy Note: Martin's seven poles tie for the most ever at Bristol. Martin has started in the top five in 16 of 37 races at Bristol.

IN THE POINTS

Martin remains fifth in the Nextel Cup point standings. Martin is currently 197 points ahead of 10th place and 80 behind fourth. He trails first by 369 and leads sixth by 30 points.

MARTIN AT BRISTOL

Martin's trek at Bristol is a tale of streaks. In 37 races at Bristol, Martin has finished top 10 on 20 occasions and inside the top five 15 times. From 1995-2000 Martin has a total of 10 straight top-10 finishes at Bristol. He won four straight poles in 1995 and 1996. However, Martin has not finished inside the top 10 at Bristol in the past nine races, five of which he was involved in accidents that put an end to his chances. Martin finished 31st at Bristol this spring after getting involved in a multi-car accident. He was 13th there last fall.

LOOKING TO BREAK THE DRY SPELL

Despite running up front on several occasions, Martin will be looking for first his top 10 at Bristol this weekend since a third place finish on August 26, 2000.

STEADY DOWN THE STRETCH

With the 'regular' season drawing to an end, Martin has been as steady as anyone down the stretch, boasting top -0 finishes in four of the last six races and top-15 runs in nine of his past 11.

REVERSING THE TREND

Martin and the team will run the 'reverse' white paint scheme this weekend in Bristol, as well as the next two races at California and Richmond.

MARKMARTINSALUTE.COM

Mark Martin has dubbed 2005 his "Salute to You" tour, a year in which he hopes to take the time to thank each and everyone that he feels played a role in his success, including team members, fans, NASCAR and the media.

QUOTING MARK AND PAT --ON BRISTOL

"Bristol can be crazy. I've always said it is like flying a jet fighter around the inside of a basketball arena, and try that with 42 other jets doing it at the same time. It can get really intense and it takes a great deal of patience by everyone. You just have to hope that you run well and that you can stay out of all the trouble, which isn't always easy to do. Over the years Bristol has been the source of some real highs and lows for me.

"I've had some of the most memorable races I can remember there and some pretty tough times there as well. We've had a lot of trouble staying out of the wrecks lately there, but hopefully our luck will change a little this time and we can manage to stay around to the end of the race and see what happens. We have only three more races before the cutoff, so it's going to be important to come out of there with a solid finish.

PAT TRYSON

"We had a good test at Bristol a couple of weeks ago and we are looking to get back there and hopefully have a competive race car. The Bristol night race is always exciting for the fans and hopefuly we can give Mark's fans something extra to cheer about this weekend."

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Mark Martin