Michigan: Mark Martin preview

MARTIN LOOKS FOR FIFTH CUP WIN AT MICHIGAN On the heels of back-to-back top 10 finishes, Martin rolls into Michigan looking for his fifth win at the 2-mile track and his first with the No. 01 U.S. Army Team at Ginn Racing. Martin has scored...

MARTIN LOOKS FOR FIFTH CUP WIN AT MICHIGAN

On the heels of back-to-back top 10 finishes, Martin rolls into Michigan looking for his fifth win at the 2-mile track and his first with the No. 01 U.S. Army Team at Ginn Racing. Martin has scored seven top 10 finishes and 10 top 15's on his 11 starts this season.

MAKING HIS POINT

Martin remains 12th in the Nextel Cup point standings, despite having competed in only 11 of 14 races this season. Martin has finished inside the top 17 in all of his starts, and is only 27 points out of tenth. The No. 01 Team is currently fifth in owner points.

MARTIN AT MICHIGAN

This will be Martin's 43rd run at MIS, where he boasts four wins, 16 top fives, 27 top 10's and a pole. Martin has finished inside the top 10 in seven of his last 10 at Michigan, including a fifth place run there last fall. He boasts four wins at MIS, where he first won on August 19, 1990. Martin has won three more times at MIS, with the last trip to victory lane coming on June 14, 1998.

POPULAR GUY

According to the research firm Marketing Evaluations, Mark Martin received the third highest Q score in Motorsports. The scale that rates likeability had Martin behind only Dale Earnhardt Jr and Jeff Gordon in NASCAR and tied with Danica Patrick in all of motorsports. According to the firm, hundreds of millions in advertising decisions are based on the Q score franchise.

DOUBLE DUTY

Martin will compete in both the Nextel Cup race on Sunday and the Craftsman Truck Series race on Saturday at Michigan. It will be Martin's second start at Michigan in the truck and his first in the No. 21 Wood Brothers entry. Martin finished second in the truck last season at Michigan. It will be Martin's 52nd NASCAR start at MIS (42 Cup, 8 Busch, 1 Truck). He has two wins in the Busch car there.

ARMY CELEBRATES 232nd BIRTHDAY

The Army will celebrate its 232nd Birthday this weekend at Michigan. Martin will take part in a pre-race ceremony to honor the event.

QUOTING MARK

"Typically Michigan is one of my best tracks on the circuit and we've had some really strong runs there over the past few years. It's actually a great track and if you have your car set up right, you can really pass. It really can be a lot of fun to get around there. We just have to work to get the car dialed in, and there is no reason that we should not be pretty strong this weekend.

"We had a good run last week at Pocono and we had good strategy. The car handled really well and we were able to get another top 10 finish out of it. We just have to keep working to get these cars a little better and we'll be right there up front. Ryan Pemberton and this U.S. Army Team do such an outstanding job with these cars and it's just an honor to work with them each week.

"It's also a big weekend for the Army as they celebrate their Birthday this weekend. It's the first time that I've been a part of that and I'm looking forward to helping with that celebration. As always, it's an honor to represent the soldiers and to drive their car each week, and it's really special to be able to be a part of their birthday celebration. Hopefully we can get them a win for the special occasion. "

-credit: gr

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Jeff Gordon , Danica Patrick , Mark Martin