Kansas: Mark Martin preview

MARTIN RIDES WAVE OF MOMENTUM INTO KANSAS After scoring his fourth consecutive top-10 finish with a solid fourth-place run at Dover last week, Martin rolls into Kansas Speedway where he will look to win his second race in the last four...

MARTIN RIDES WAVE OF MOMENTUM INTO KANSAS

After scoring his fourth consecutive top-10 finish with a solid fourth-place run at Dover last week, Martin rolls into Kansas Speedway where he will look to win his second race in the last four seasons. In addition, Martin and the No. 8 U.S. Army Team will be looking for their third straight top-five finish.

Worthy Note: Martin's 35th and last Sprint Cup win came at Kansas in 2005; 85 races ago.

MARTIN AT KANSAS

This will mark the eighth time that Martin and the Sprint Cup circuit have visited Kansas Speedway. Martin has finished in the top three in two of his last three races at Kansas, including his 35th Nextel Cup win there in 2005 where he turned in a dominating performance, leading 139 laps en route to the victory. Martin has a 12.5 average finish at Kansas, and will look for his second win at the track this weekend.

GETTING IT DONE AT KANSAS

Martin has scored the third most points in the last 10 races at Kansas and the second most points in the last five events at the 1.5-mile track. Only Greg Biffle has scored more points in the previous five races at Kansas.

STRONG EFFORT IN '08

Martin scored his fourth top-five and 10th top-10 finish of the season last weekend at Dover. Despite only 19 starts in 2008, Martin has four top-five finishes -- more than 17 other drivers who have competed in all 28 events. In addition, the veteran has finished inside the top 10 in 53 percent of his starts in 2008, a better percentage than seven of the 12 drivers who make up the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

ON POINT

Martin and co-driver Aric Almirola currently have the No. 8 U.S. Army Team sitting at 15th in the Sprint Cup owner points. Martin is 27th in Sprint Cup Driver points, despite missing nine races thus far in the season. He leads 12 drivers who have started more events in 2008.

PULLING THE DOUBLE

Martin will pull double duty this weekend in Kansas, driving the No. 5 Chevrolet in Saturday's Nationwide race. It will be Martin's second start in the track at the series. He finished 14th there in 2005.

QUOTING MARK:

"I enjoy going to Kansas. I like the progressive banking and it's really the type of track that you can race on. It's one of the tracks that really suits my driving style well. We've only raced there seven times, but the racing continues to improve every time that we go there, and I'm looking forward to this weekend.

"We haven't been as strong on the 1.5-mile tracks this season as we would like, but we will continue to work at those tracks to get better and better. We had a great car last week and I left Dover feeling like I let the guys down with that run. We had a good finish, but we had a car good enough to win the race. You never can tell when a win is coming, so maybe this is the week for this No. 8 U.S. Army Team and Dale Earnhardt Inc."

MARK MARTIN FAST FACTS

* Martin won the Cup race at Kansas in 2005, leading 139 laps en route to the dominating victory.

* Martin finished sixth at the inaugural Kansas Cup race in 2001.

* Martin has finished in the top three in two of the last three races at Kansas.

* Martin has a 12.5 average finish in five races at Kansas.

* Martin has finished inside the top 10 in 53 percent of his starts this season; better than seven of the 12 racers in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

* Martin has scored the second most points in the last five races at Kansas.

* Martin will make his second career Nationwide start at Kansas on Saturday.

* Martin last won in the Sprint Cup at Kansas in 2005; 85 races ago.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Greg Biffle , Aric Almirola , Mark Martin