Loudon: Mark Martin preview

MARTIN, NO. 6 TEAM ROLL ON TO LOUDON After a 10th-place run at Chicagoland last weekend Martin and the No. 6 Viagra Team head to Loudon, New Hampshire where they will look for their first top 10 finish at the 1-mile track since November of 2001.

MARTIN, NO. 6 TEAM ROLL ON TO LOUDON

After a 10th-place run at Chicagoland last weekend Martin and the No. 6 Viagra Team head to Loudon, New Hampshire where they will look for their first top 10 finish at the 1-mile track since November of 2001. Martin and the team come into the race on a bit of a roll, having finished inside the top 15 in five of the last six and inside the top 10 in four of those.

Chassis Number: (RK-251) - The team will run RK-251 this weekend at Loudon. This will be RK-251's first run. The team tested the car at Milwaukee to pleasing results.

IN THE POINTS Martin's top-10 finish at Chicagoland moved him up two places to sixth in the Nextel Cup point standings, only 28 points out of fifth. He currently trails first place by 346 points.

MARTIN AT NEW HAMPSHIRE New Hampshire is one of only seven tracks currently on the Nextel Cup schedule where Martin is yet to win, and one of only three where he has 10 or more starts and has not won. Martin has finished second at Loudon on three occasions, including his first race there on July 11, 1993. In addition, he has two poles, 11 top-10 and seven top-five finishes in 20 starts at the track.

UPS AND DOWNS AT LOUDON Martin finished inside the top 10 in 10 of his first 12 starts at Loudon, but he hasn't posted a top -10 finish there in seven of his last eight, including a streak of six races. In fact, Martin has not finished inside the top 13 at Loudon since the season finale there in 2001.

MARKMARTINSALUTE.COM Martin has dubbed 2005 as his "Salute to You" tour, Ma year in which he hopes to take the time to thank each and everyone Mthat he feels played a role in his success, including team members, Mfans, NASCAR and the media.

QUOTING MARK AND PAT --ON LOUDON

"Loudon can be a really tough race track. It can be really hard to pass there and if you don't handle well, then you are in for a long day. We ran really well there when we first started going, but haven't ran well there the last few years. Hopefully we'll be able to go there and reverse that trend this weekend and come out of there with a good finish, which we haven't had there in a while."

"We just weren't quite good enough to win last weekend at Chicagoland, but it says a great deal about this race team that we hung in there and kept fighting - even down to the last lap - and we managed to come out of there with a top-10 finish and a good day in the points. We know that we have some work to do with the cars, but if we can just keep fighting through it like we did last Sunday then I know we'll be okay."

PAT TRYSON "Loudon hasn't been our best track as of late. We ran okay there last year, but we weren't really strong in either of the races there. Mark has a pretty good record there, so we know that he can get the job done if we give him a good enough car to work with, so I guess the real pressure will be on the team this weekend to make sure we get the job done. If we do, I'm sure we'll be just fine on Sunday."

MARK MARTIN FAST FACTS - LOUDON

* Martin won the first Cup pole at New Hampshire in July of 1993 has never won at Loudon, but he has finished second on three occasions. He has finished inside the top 10 in 10 of his first 12 and 11 of his first 13 at Loudon.

* Martin has not finished inside the top 10 at Loudon since November of 2001 (six consecutive races).

* Martin started his 500th consecutive race at Loudon in September of 2003. .

-roushracing

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
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