Loudon II: Casey Mears preview

Target Team Facts: * New Hampshire Int'l: Casey Mears has five starts at the New England track in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series. His best finish at the 1.058-mile track is 16th, which he accomplished in the July race of 2003.

Target Team Facts:

* New Hampshire Int'l: Casey Mears has five starts at the New England track in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series. His best finish at the 1.058-mile track is 16th, which he accomplished in the July race of 2003. Mears was running 10th in July of this year when a broken valve spring dashed the team's hope of a top-10 finish.

* Chassis: Crew chief Jimmy Elledge and the Target team will bring back chassis #502, which they just ran in Richmond, to New Hampshire International Speedway. Aside from last weekend and at NHIS in July, the team has also run this chassis at Phoenix International Raceway and the race at Richmond in May.

* Standings: Mears and the Target team remain 25th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup standings after finishing 23rd last weekend at Richmond International Raceway.

* Testing: Casey Mears, crew chief Jimmy Elledge and the Target team are testing at Nashville Superspeedway this Tuesday and Wednesday.

* Thank you Target: Target is committed to providing ongoing support for guests, team members and communities affected by Hurricane Katrina.

o Donated $1.5 million to the American Red Cross.

o Provided the Red Cross with real estate in Louisiana so they can establish a central command center, and real estate in Seattle to be used as a training center.

o Coordinated large-scale donations of essential products, including water, ice, coolers, diapers and baby wipes, and has provided supplies for military and local law enforcement support.

o Waived fees, payments and finance charges for Target Visa card and Target Red card holders from the affected areas. Target credit card holders that live in the impacted areas are not required to make a minimum payment for September or October.

Casey Mears Quote:

"This season hasn't gone the way we hoped," said Mears. "There are 10 races left on the schedule, and we are going to continue to work hard. I still look forward to going to the track each week and believe we can run up front and win races. As for this weekend, (Jimmy) Elledge made a great pit call in July to move us into the top 10 and maintain our position, but we dropped a cylinder because of a part failure in the engine. So we know we can go and be competitive."

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Casey Mears