Pocono: Mark Martin preview

MARTIN LOOKS TO BREAK THROUGH AT POCONO After their strongest Car of Tomorrow run of the season at Dover, Mark Martin and the U.S. Army Team head to Pocono where they will return to the 'old' style of cars. Martin has six second place finishes...

MARTIN LOOKS TO BREAK THROUGH AT POCONO

After their strongest Car of Tomorrow run of the season at Dover, Mark Martin and the U.S. Army Team head to Pocono where they will return to the 'old' style of cars. Martin has six second place finishes at the 2.5-mile tri-oval, but no wins. He and Ginn Racing will look to change that this weekend.

MAKING HIS POINT

Martin continues to defy the odds. Last week's seventh place finish at Dover moved Martin into 12th position in the Nextel point standings and back into the 'Chase' cutoff, despite Martin having run three less races than the majority of the field. Martin has six top-10 finishes in 2007 and he has finished inside the top 15 in nine of his 10 starts.

MARTIN AT POCONO

This will be Martin's 40th race at Pocono, where he has finished inside the top 10 on 27 occasions. He boasts 19 top-five finishes at Pocono, the most of any driver.

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 on six different occasions. In fact Martin has finished second at Pocono in three of his last nine starts. In addition, he has finished third there on four more occasions. Martin has finished second or third in 25 percent of his starts and top five in almost 50 percent of the starts.

GETTING STARTED

Martin has posted 27 top-10 starts in 40 races at Pocono.

OFF SEASON AT POCONO

Last season was one of Martin's worst at Pocono Raceway. He failed to get a top 10 finish at Pocono for only the second time in his career and his starts of 20th and 30th were the worst in his 40 races at the track. Martin will look to get back on track at the 2.5-mile tri-oval with his new team at Ginn Racing.

QUOTING MARK

"Pocono is one of my favorite race tracks. It's really hard to believe that we've never won there, but we've run really well and we've finished second a whole bunch of times. We've had some really good cars there over the years and we've been really fast the last several times that we've raced there. Hopefully with my No. 01 U.S. Army Team we can get over that hump this weekend.

"We had a great run last weekend at Dover. It was really the first time that I've had fun driving the Car of Tomorrow. We didn't have the car to win, but we had a really good car and we've made great strides in our COT program. I'm actually looking forward to getting back in the COT and continuing to make that better.

"Being back in the top 12 is crazy. I guess it will give people something to talk about, but it really speaks volumes about how strong Ryan (Pemberton), this U.S. Army Team and Ginn Racing is altogether. To have missed three races and still be up there is a tremendous feat by these guys."

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Mark Martin