MARTIN TAKES 'SALUTE' TOUR TO WINDY CITY
After getting caught up in an early accident and having to settle for a disappointing 39th-place finish at Daytona, Mark Martin and the No. 6 Viagra Racing Team will head to Chicagoland Speedway, where Martin will look for his first win in his fifth start at the 1.5-mile track.
Chassis Number: (RK-221) - The team will run RK-221 this weekend at Chicagoland. This will be the fourth run for RK-221 this season. The car won the All-Star race in May, finished seventh at Pocono three weeks ago and ran to a fourth place finish in Atlanta.
Worthy Note: Martin has finished top 10 in two of the four races at Chicagoland.
IN THE POINTS The accident caused Martin to drop to eighth in the Nextel Cup point standings. He is currently 25 points out of seventh, 105 out of fifth and 310 points out of first.
SHORT HISTORY AT CHICAGOLAND This will be the Nextel Cup Series' fifth visit to Chicagoland Speedway, where Martin has finished inside the top 10 in two of his four visits. He finished sixth in the inaugural race there in 2001 and ninth the following year. Last season Martin had one of the fastest cars in the race and was running third when he lost his engine with only two laps remaining and was forced to settle for a 24th-place finish.
MARKMARTINSALUTE.COM Mark Martin is making his final run at the Nextel MCup title in 2005, and has dubbed 2005 as his "Salute to You" tour, a Myear in which he hopes to take the time to thank each and everyone that Mhe feels played a role in his success, including team members, fans, MNASCAR and the media.
QUOTING MARK AND PAT --ON CHICAGOLAND
"Chicagoland is a good track for us and we are ready to get up there on a good 1.5-mile and put Daytona and the restrictor plates behind us. The track in Chicago gets better each year and as the different grooves start to develop the racing will only continue to get better. Hopefully this weekend we'll see a lot of passing and some good solid racing. We ran really well there last year and would have probably finished in the top two or three had we not lost the engine with a couple of laps to go. Hopefully we can go there this weekend and close the deal."
"Last weekend was tough, but I guess that's just the way Daytona has been for us over the years. The important thing is that Pat (Tryson) and the guys on the team did a great job. First they gave me a Viagra Ford capable of winning the race and then they did an outstanding job fixing a badly damaged car and we were able to get three or four more places because of that effort. They never gave up and I think we picked up our last position on the last lap. That's the kind of team we have here."
"We had a really good run there last year. Although we didn't get the finish to prove it, we were one of the best cars and really had a good enough run to win the race. We'll go back this year and look to expand on that. Chicagoland is a track that seems to suit Mark's style more and more each year and we'll look for that to get even better this year."
MARK MARTIN FAST FACTS - CHICAGOLAND
This will be Martin's fifth start at Chicagoland Speedway. Martin has finished sixth in the inaugural race at Chicagoland in 2001 and ninth in 2002. Martin will run in the Busch Series this weekend at Chicagoland as well, where he'll be looking for his third win of the season.