Martinsville II: Mark Martin preview

No. 6 Team Looks To Hit The Mark in "Martin"sville Martin was strong at Lowe's last weekend, driving to the front and contending for the win before a late accident involving lapped traffic. The team managed to fight for a 13th place finish...

No. 6 Team Looks To Hit The Mark in "Martin"sville

Martin was strong at Lowe's last weekend, driving to the front and contending for the win before a late accident involving lapped traffic. The team managed to fight for a 13th place finish despite the accident and will look to rebound this weekend with a another strong performance at Martinsville.

Chassis Number: (RK-241) - The team will run RK-241 at Martinsville. This will be the first run for RK-241 at a short track this season. RK-241 ran to a victory earlier this year at Dover and finished second in its last run at Pocono in August.

Worthy Note: Martin earned his first career top-five Cup finish 23 years ago with a third place finish in the Old Dominion 500 at Martinsville on Sept. 27, 1981.

THE CHASE FOR THE NEXTEL CUP - MARTIN IN FIFTH WITH FIVE TO GO

Martin remains in fifth place in the Chase. He currently trails first by 186 points and fourth by 29 points with five races to remaining.

BREAKING DOWN THE CHASE

Martin has won on seven of the 10 tracks that will decide the winner of the Nextel Cup. Martin has a combined six wins at the remaining five tracks, including two at Martinsville. Martin has combined 44 top fives, 74 top 10's and six poles in 132 starts at the remaining five tracks. Martin has finished in the top 10 in 56 percent of his starts at those tracks.

FIRST TIME'S A CHARM

Martin earned his first ever career top-five Cup finish at Martinsville in 1981, with a third-place finish in the Old Dominion 500 on Sept. 27, 1981. Since then, Martin has accumulated 205 additional top-five finishes.

WINNING AT MARTINSVILLE

Martin has two victories at Martinsville (spring 1992 and 2000). In addition, the veteran driver has three poles, 10 top-five finishes and 19 top 10's.

STRONG DOWN THE STRETCH

The Viagra Team has been strong when it counts, having finished in the top-15 in eight of the last nine races. Furthermore, Martin has posted top-five runs in six of the last 12 and five of the last 10 races. In fact, Martin has scored nine of his 13 top-10 and all but one of his eight top-five finishes in 2004 after June 6.

QUOTING MARK AND PAT ON MARTINSVILLE

"Martinsville is a tough track and it really isn't one of my favorite places to race. To be honest there just isn't room for 43 cars to race there and you spend all day trying not to get caught up in somebody's mess like we did Saturday night. I have won there a couple of times and we've ran well there. We were actually strong there in the spring and it looked like we were going to make a run for the thing, before we had a problem with the fuel line. Hopefully we can go back this weekend and finish the job.

"Saturday night was really tough. We had our favorite car at our favorite track and we even had the lead for a while. We were right up front where we wanted to be and got caught up in a dumb wreck late in the race. You hate that, but those type of things happen and there isn't much you can do about it. The team did a great job keeping us on the lead lap and we were able to escape with a descent finish, but it could have been a lot better that's for sure. Still we did all we could do."

PAT TRYSON

"We were having a great run there in the spring before the fuel line went out and I even thought we had a good shot a winning. We are going to take RK-241 this time, which is the same car that we used to win at Dover earlier this year. We know it's a great car and we are looking for another strong run, but this time hopefully we'll be able to finish the race with the results we deserve. Mark and the team have done a great job this year and we can't wait to get back out there this weekend."

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Mark Martin