Charlotte II: Mark Martin preview

Worthy Notes: Three of Martin's four wins at Charlotte have been in the fall race. Martin has finished top-10 in four of his last five starts this season. BESTING THE BEAST Martin has four wins at Lowe's, including one in the 600. In ...

Worthy Notes: Three of Martin's four wins at Charlotte have been in the fall race.
Martin has finished top-10 in four of his last five starts this season.

BESTING THE BEAST

Martin has four wins at Lowe's, including one in the 600. In addition, he has won twice at Lowe's in the All-Star event. His 17 top-five finishes are the most of any active driver at the 1.5-mile track. He also boasts six Nationwide Series wins and two IROC victories at Lowe's.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING - LOWE'S

Martin has led 1,168 laps at LMS, the third most ever. He has an average finish of 16.1. In addition, his 21 top-10 and 17 top-five finishes are tops among active drivers and the veteran has scored the sixth most points in the last six races at The Beast.

FALL FEVER

Three of Martin's four Sprint Cup wins at Lowe's have come during the fall race.

ROLLING ALONG

Martin has finished top 10 in four out of his last five starts, including top fives at Richmond and Dover.

FINISHING OUT 2008 STRONG

Martin will make four more starts in the No. 8 Dale Earnhardt Inc. Chevy including this weekend at Lowe's Motor Speedway. After that Martin will drive the car at Atlanta, Texas and Phoenix. Rookie Aric Almirola will pilot the car two more times in 2008, with starts at Martinsville and in the season-finale at Homestead-Miami.

ON POINT

Martin and co-driver Almirola currently have the No. 8 U.S. Army Team sitting at 14th in the Sprint Cup owner points; 91 points behind 13th and the first car not in the Chase. Martin is 28th in Sprint Cup driver points, despite missing 10 races thus far in the season. He leads 12 drivers who have started more events in 2008 and seven racers who have started at least eight more events.

MARK MARTIN:

"There is no better track on the circuit than Lowe's Motor Speedway. I absolutely love racing there and it's probably my favorite track that we go to. I can remember the first time that I ever went there in 1981 and thinking 'wow' this is just like a small quarter-mile track somewhere, except it's huge, but you could race just like that. "Normally when we go to Charlotte, I'll take one or two laps and come across the radio and remind my team just how much I love racing there. Quite a few of the newer tracks have tried to copy Lowe's, but for some reason none of them have really had a lot of success in replicating the feel of the place. It's just the perfect track for my style of racing and I always enjoy going there.

"We tested there a couple of weeks with the No. 8 team and the car was really good. I'm looking forward to getting back there and working with the car some more this weekend, to see just how much more speed we can pick up. Tony Gibson (crew chief) and these guys have done a fantastic job all season and it is still my goal to help get these guys into victory lane. I've had some really big victories at Lowe's Motor Speedway, but I can't think of anything that would be any bigger than taking that No. 8 U.S. Army car to victory lane this Saturday night."

-credit: dei

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Aric Almirola , Mark Martin