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Target Team Facts: * Standings: Casey Mears and the Target team slipped to 28th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup standings after a disappointing 34th-place finish in the Coca-Cola 600. Mears and the team rallied back onto the lead...

Target Team Facts:

* Standings: Casey Mears and the Target team slipped to 28th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup standings after a disappointing 34th-place finish in the Coca-Cola 600. Mears and the team rallied back onto the lead lap after falling two laps down, but had to settle for a 34th-place finish after the No. 1 car made contact with the Target Dodge and sent it into the outside wall.

* Taming the Monster: Mears has four NEXTEL Cup starts at the 1-mile concrete track in Dover. While his best finish at Dover is 24th, Mears was running eighth last fall when the right-front tire went flat. He also had a quick car last spring but was involved in an early incident that forced the No. 41 Dodge behind the wall for repairs.

* Honoring one of our own: Team co-owner Felix Sabates is being honored this Friday night by the Father's Day Council of North Carolina. Sabates will receive one of the council's awards for Father of the Year for 2005. The awards dinner is being held at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte, N.C., and the proceeds from the dinner will benefit the American Diabetes Association.

* Chassis: Crew chief Jimmy Elledge and the Target Team will be taking chassis #402 to Dover International Speedway this weekend. Mears ran this chassis at California Speedway in February. This was one of the most successful chassis in the No. 41 stable last season, and was run on 10 occasions.

Casey Mears Quote:

On Dover... "Dover has been a strange track for us," said Mears. "The last two times we ran at Dover we had top-10 cars, but couldn't put together the finishes. So I'm looking forward to going back this weekend. Last fall we were on our way to a top-10 finish when the right-front tire went flat. In the spring race, we were running in the top 10 and were involved in an accident. After the team repaired the car we came back out and we're still pretty quick."

On the 2005 season... "This has been a tough season already. The frustrating part is that this team is so much better than where we sit in the standings. I know it's as tough on the team as it is on me. We came back last weekend from two-laps down to get back on the lead lap. Just when we climbed up into the top 25, we were involved in an accident of someone else's doing. There is still time to turn the season around for the Target Team, hopefully it will be this weekend."

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Casey Mears