Chicagoland: Martin pre-race notes

Martin, U.s. army team head to chicagoLAND After fighting back to a 17th-place finish at Daytona last Saturday, Martin and the team head to Chicagoland Speedway where Martin will look for his first top-five finish in six starts at the 1.5 ...

Martin, U.s. army team head to chicagoLAND

After fighting back to a 17th-place finish at Daytona last Saturday, Martin and the team head to Chicagoland Speedway where Martin will look for his first top-five finish in six starts at the 1.5 mile-track.

Worthy Note: Chicagoland is the only track on the Nextel Cup circuit that Martin has never posted a top-five finish.

SHORT HISTORY AT CHICAGOLAND

This will be the Nextel Cup Series' seventh visit to Chicagoland Speedway, where Martin has finished inside the top 10 in three of his six visits. He finished sixth in the inaugural race there in 2001 and ninth the following year. In 2004, 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. He rebounded in 2005 with a 10th-place finish and finished 18th there last year.

TOP FIVE SHUTOUT

Chicagoland is the only track on the Nextel Cup circuit where Martin has never posted a top-five finish. It is one of four tracks (Pocono, New Hampshire and Daytona) where the veteran has not won in a Nextel Cup point race.

WHAT'S THE POINT

Despite having missed five races in 2007, Martin is still 18th in the Nextel Cup driver point standings, ahead of 13 drivers who have competed in all 18 events. In addition Martin trails 16th place Greg Biffle by only 65 points.

MULTI-TASKING

In addition to his cup duties at Chicagoland, Martin will take place in the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series at Iowa Speedway on Friday night. Martin will team with Shane Lewis and Randy Ruhlman in the No. 3 Preformed Line Products Lexus-Riley. It will be Martin's first time in a Daytona Prototype.

QUOTING MARK ON CHICAGOLAND:

"The racing at Chicago has gotten better each year that we've gone there. The different grooves

are really starting to develop and it's turning into a pretty good place to race. We should see some solid racing there this year and it's the kind of track where if you can get your car working right, you can really pass some cars.

"I'm looking forward to going to Chicago this weekend with Ryan (Pemberton) and the No. 01 Team. We are due a good run and I think Chicagoland is just the kind of track for us to break out. I know the guys are still pretty hungry for us to take this U.S. Army Chevy to victory lane and we continue to work towards that. We didn't have a lot of luck at Daytona, but we were able to fight back there at the end after having a flat tire with just a few laps remaining. This is a pretty resilient race team and it's always a pleasure to work with these guys."

-credit: gr

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Shane Lewis , Greg Biffle , Randy Ruhlman