Homestead: Mark Martin preview

POLE SITTER: Martin's next Sprint Cup Series pole position will be the 50th of his career and will place him eighth on the all-time pole winner's list. Homestead-Miami Speedway is one of only six active tracks where Martin has not yet started from...

POLE SITTER: Martin's next Sprint Cup Series pole position will be the 50th of his career and will place him eighth on the all-time pole winner's list. Homestead-Miami Speedway is one of only six active tracks where Martin has not yet started from the pole.

THE NO. 5 AT HOMESTEAD: Since 2005 and under the leadership of crew chief Alan Gustafson, the GoDaddy.com team has earned one top-10 finish in five Homestead starts. The No. 5 team scored that result -- an eighth-place finish -- in 2008.

CHASSIS CHOICE: Gustafson has chosen Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-595 for Sunday's race in Miami. This is the same chassis that Martin drove to a sixth-place finish at Auto Club Speedway in October after leading 41 laps.

2011 MILESTONES: Martin will make his 1,048th career NASCAR start this weekend at Homestead and will become tied with Michael Waltrip for the second-most sanctioned starts all-time in the sport's history. When the 2011 season opens, Martin could take over second position and trail all-time leader Richard Petty, who owns 1,184 starts. Martin also will reach a milestone in April 2011, when he makes his 800th career Sprint Cup start. He will be the eighth driver in Cup history to accomplish that feat.

MARK MARTIN, DRIVER, NO. 5 GODADDY.COM CHEVROLET (ON THE 2010 SEASON.): "I don't think this season is what anyone expected -- the media, the fans, anybody. With the way 2009 went, I believe we all thought we'd be fighting for a championship this weekend in 2010. But that's not the way it worked. The summer months were brutal, and there was a time that we all got so frustrated and really didn't know what was going wrong. Then after New Hampshire in September, we just seemed to really figure it out. We've gotten it back, and we're definitely on the right track. We've had good consistent finishes, and we're running up front and leading laps again. That's the way this team should be performing. Alan (Gustafson, crew chief) is one of the smartest people I've ever met, and I've never doubted his abilities. He has a great team here, and this is exactly how we wanted to be finishing the season. It gives us a lot to look forward to in 2011."

MARTIN (ON HOMESTEAD.): "My only goal this weekend is to win the race. That's what I want to do for this race team. And it will make the offseason feel so much better. (LAUGHS). It's going to be one heck of a race, that's for sure. These fans are going to get their money's worth. There will be no lack of excitement and no lack of drama. It will be fun watching my teammate out there trying to win his fifth championship. I really hope for him and everyone at Hendrick Motorsports that he brings another one home."

-source: hendrick motorsports

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Michael Waltrip , Richard Petty , Mark Martin
Teams Hendrick Motorsports