Michigan: Mark Martin preview

MARTIN TAKES BATMOBILE BACK TO MICHIGAN After a strong run and a seventh-place finish at Pocono last weekend, Martin will return to Michigan International Speedway, where he will once again carry the colors of the 'Caped Crusader' on this No....

MARTIN TAKES BATMOBILE BACK TO MICHIGAN

After a strong run and a seventh-place finish at Pocono last weekend, Martin will return to Michigan International Speedway, where he will once again carry the colors of the 'Caped Crusader' on this No. 6 Ford. Martin finished second at Michigan last fall and he will look to improve on that by one spot this weekend, when he looks for his fifth win at the two-mile speedway.

Chassis Number: (RK-231) - The team will run RK-231 at Michigan. RK-231 ran to a third place finish two weeks ago at Dover. The car also finished fourth at Darlington and seventh at Fontana this season.

Worthy Note: Martin's 25 top-10 finishes at at Michigan are the most of any active driver.

IN THE POINTS

Martin's seventh-place run at Pocono moved him into fifth in the Nextel Cup point standings. He is currently 25 points behind fourth and 328 points out of first.

HOLY HORSE POWER BATMAN - MARTIN TO RUN BATMAN BEGINS PAINT SCHEME

Martin will run a special Batman Begins paint scheme at Michigan this weekend. Martin has a history with the Caped Crusader at MIS, where he finished second last fall running a special Batman Justice League Paint scheme.

MARTIN AT MICHIGAN

This will be Martin's 39th run at MIS, where he boasts four wins, 14 top fives, 25 top 10's and a pole.

WINNING AT MICHIGAN

Martin boasts four wins at Michigan International Speedway, 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.

THE BATMOBILE RETURNS

Martin will run RK-231 this weekend at Michigan. RK-231 has been the strongest car in the stable this season, posting a third place finish at Dover two weeks ago and a fourth place at Darlington in May. The car also finished seventh at Fontana in Feb., and posted several clutch runs down the stretch in 2004, including a second-place finish at Michigan last year while running the special Justice League Batman paint scheme, where it earned the nickname of the Batmobile.

MARKMARTINSALUTE.COM

Mark Martin is making his final run at the Nextel Cup title in 2005, and has dubbed 2005 as his "Salute to You" tour, a year in which he hopes to take the time to thank each and everyone that he feels played a role in his success, including team members, fans, NASCAR and the media.

QUOTING MARK AND PAT --ON MICHIGAN

"I can't wait to get up to Michigan. Michigan is a great track, where if you have a good car you can really pass some people. We were really good there last fall and had one of the cars to beat. We had a problem in the pits that hurt us late, but we rebounded and came back to finish second, so we are excited about going back up there and hopefully closing the deal.

"We'll be running a Batman Begins paint scheme for the race and that should be a lot of fun. Everyone knows that we had a lot of success there last year with the Batman cars in both the Busch and Cup races, so hopefully we'll be able to take the "Batmobile" to victory lane this weekend."

PAT TRYSON

"Michigan is a great track for Mark. We are taking the same car that ran there last fall and we are pretty excited about going back there weekend. We had a great run there, with a second place finish and we'd like nothing better than to get a win this time. Mark has a great record at MIS, so it'll just be up to us to give him what he needs to put that car into victory circle."

Mark Martin Fast Facts - MICHIGAN

* Martin's 25 top-10 finishes at Michigan are the most of any active driver.

* Martin has four wins at Michigan in the Cup car, the third most of any active driver.

* Martin has led 21 races at Michgan for a total of 841 laps, including 46 laps led there last fall.

* Martin has finished in the top 10 in five of his last seven at Michgain.

* Martin boasts two Busch wins at Michigan.

* Martin finished second at Michigan last fall.

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