Martinsville II: Casey Mears preview

Casey Mears to Pilot Pink No. 41 Dodge for Final Time this Season Target Team Facts: * Final BCRF race: Casey Mears will drive the No. 41 Target/Breast Cancer Research Foundation Dodge for the final time this season at...

Casey Mears to Pilot Pink No. 41 Dodge for Final Time this Season

Target Team Facts:

* Final BCRF race: Casey Mears will drive the No. 41 Target/Breast Cancer Research Foundation Dodge for the final time this season at Martinsville Speedway. Mears has piloted the pink No. 41 in two races already in October to bring Breast Cancer awareness to NASCAR fans. Team Target will make a donation to the BCRF based on the laps completed by Mears in the No. 41 BCRF Dodge.

* Championship Standings: Mears and the Target Team remain 20th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup standings after their 20th-place finish at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Mears has accumulated two poles, one top-five and nine top-10 finishes en route to the top-20 spot.

* Chassis: Crew chief Jimmy Elledge and the Target Team will bring chassis #308 for Mears to drive this weekend at Martinsville Speedway. This chassis has been run five times this season at Darlington, Dover, Loudon, Bristol and Richmond. Mears' best finish in this chassis is 15th at Darlington.

* Testing: Mears and the Target Team are testing Atlanta Motor Speedway on Tuesday and Wednesday in preparation for the Bass Pro Shops 500 on October 31. Mears led several laps at Atlanta in March and was running in the top five when he lost his engine with 23 laps to go.

Casey Mears Quotes:

On Martinsville... "Martinsville has been a very difficult track for me," said Mears. "I have to admit it is one track that I do not look forward to yet. I think as I get more experience on it in the Target Dodge, the more it I will grow on me. There's a lot of beating and banging that goes on and it is a race of survival.

"We ran pretty well in the spring on the longer runs before we had some gear problems. Hopefully I will finish on the lead lap, get some good laps under my belt and come home with a top-10 finish. We can still pick up quite a few spots in the standings and start to prepare ourselves for next year."

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Casey Mears