Pocono II: Mark Martin preview

MARTIN LOOKS TO 'STEAK' CLAIM TO POCONO WIN After one of the most bizarre races in NASCAR history in last week's Brickyard 400, Mark Martin and the No. 8 Dale Earnhardt Inc. Team will look to rebound this weekend at Pocono Raceway, where Martin...

MARTIN LOOKS TO 'STEAK' CLAIM TO POCONO WIN

After one of the most bizarre races in NASCAR history in last week's Brickyard 400, Mark Martin and the No. 8 Dale Earnhardt Inc. Team will look to rebound this weekend at Pocono Raceway, where Martin will look for his first career victory at the 2.5-mile track.

MARTIN AT POCONO

This will be Martin's 44th race at Pocono Raceway, where he has finished inside the top 10 on 30 occasions. He also boasts 19 top-five finishes at Pocono.

Both numbers are the most of any driver. In addition, Martin has posted 28 top-10 starts in 43 races at Pocono, including a third-place start last month.

STEAK-UMM ON BOARD

Martin will run a special Steak-Umm's paint scheme this weekend at Pocono. The scheme is the same as Martin ran earlier this year at the Pocono race in June.

LOOKING FOR NUMBER 'WON'

Martin has never won at Pocono, but he has come close on numerous occasions. The veteran has posted second-place finishes there six different times. In fact, Martin has finished second at Pocono in three of his last 10 starts. In addition, he has finished third there on four more occasions. Martin has finished second or third in almost 25 percent of his starts and in the top five in almost 50 percent of his starts at Pocono.

SEARCHING FOR VICTORY LANE

Pocono is one of six tracks (Loudon, Daytona, Chicago, Indy and Homestead) where the veteran has not won in a Sprint Cup point race. Ironically five of those six tracks come in order on the Cup schedule from late June into August.

QUOTING MARK:

"I have never won at Pocono, but it's still one of my favorite tracks that we go to. It really goes to show that you don't have to win somewhere to love it. I've won at Martinsville a couple of times and don't like the place at all. Now we have had some good runs there over the years and I think I've finished runner up five or six times. We had a good car there in June and we qualified well, but didn't race quite as well. Our challenge this weekend will be to make the car better for the race. We all had a tough race last week at Indy, but everyone hung in there and did the best they could. We had trouble early and it was a bad situation all around, but (crew chief) Tony Gibson and all of the guys on this No. 8 team dug in and fought to the end. We made the best of a bad situation. Hopefully, this weekend we'll have a lot better go of it on the track."

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Mark Martin