Kansas: Mark Martin preview

MARTIN SHOOTS FOR Second WIN AT KANSAS After a strong run at Dover, Mark Martin and the No. 01 U.S. Army team head to Kansas, the site of Martin's last Nextel Cup victory in 2005. Martin finished fourth last week at Dover and his 01 Chevrolet...

MARTIN SHOOTS FOR Second WIN AT KANSAS

After a strong run at Dover, Mark Martin and the No. 01 U.S. Army team head to Kansas, the site of Martin's last Nextel Cup victory in 2005. Martin finished fourth last week at Dover and his 01 Chevrolet was in contention for the win late in the race.

Worthy Note: Martin's 35th Nextel Cup win came at Kansas in 2005.

MARTIN AT KANSAS

This will mark the seventh time that Martin and the Nextel Cup circuit have visited Kansas Speedway. Martin has finished in the top three in his last two races at Kansas, including his 35th Nextel Cup win there in 2007 where he turned in a dominating performance, leading 139 laps en route to the victory. He finished third there a year ago. Martin finished sixth in the inaugural event in 2001. Martin has a 12.5 average finish at Kansas, and will look for his second win in three seasons.

PART TIME SCHEDULE, FULL-TIME RESULTS

This will be Martin's 20th start in 2007. Despite having taken nine races off this season, Martin is still 24th in the Nextel Cup driver standings. He has finished inside the top 10 in 52.6 percent (10) of his starts in 2007; a better average than half of the drivers in the "Chase" for the Nextel Cup. Martin has finished in the top five in 26.3 of his starts, better than five of the current drivers who make up the Nextel Cup top 12.

NO PRESSURE

This mark's the first year since its inception that Mark Martin is not racing in the Chase for the Nextel Cup. Martin was one of only three drivers to make the Chase in each of its first three seasons. Martin walked away from point racing in March, while leading the Nextel Cup point standings. He will take part in six of the final 10 races that make up the 'Chase.' In Martin's first 'Chase' event not in the championship race, the veteran flexed his muscle, finishing in the top five, while leading 22 laps and threatening to win late at Dover.

QUOTING MARK

"We are excited about going to Kansas this weekend. We were finally able to have a breakthrough run in the COT at Dover and now we are back to the traditional car this weekend. We've been pretty good in those races this year and Kansas is a really good track for me. We were able to get the win there a couple of years ago and I know that this race team has won there before as well, so it should make for a pretty good combination for us.

"I keep saying it, but (crew chief) Ryan Pemberton and this U.S. Army team continue to impress me each week. They have been through so much with the merger and all that has happened this season, and yet they keep battling back. We had a great car and great DEI horsepower last week at Dover and we could have won that race if things would have fell into place a little better there at the end. This weekend we get to go to Kansas without all the pressure of point racing. We should be able to let it all hang out and just sit back and go for it. I won there two years ago taking two tires early and we finished third there last year on a fuel gamble late. It should be interesting this year to see what strategy plays out."

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Mark Martin