Texas II: Mark Martin preview

CHASSIS CHOICE: Gustafson has chosen Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-624 for Sunday's race. This chassis never has been raced or tested. POINTS: Martin earned the No. 5 team's sixth consecutive top-15 finish last weekend at Talladega (Ala.)...

CHASSIS CHOICE: Gustafson has chosen Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-624 for Sunday's race. This chassis never has been raced or tested.

POINTS: Martin earned the No. 5 team's sixth consecutive top-15 finish last weekend at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. The 11th-place finish advanced the team within 39 points of 13th place in the standings.

MARK MARTIN, DRIVER, NO. 5 CARQUEST AUTO PARTS/GODADDY.COM CHEVROLET (ON RETURING TO TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY.): "This has always been one of my favorite tracks. I am lucky to have a ton of fans here. It's not too far from Batesville (Ark.) so a lot of the locals that watched me race as a kid come out here and still cheer me on. It's a great feeling. We were good here in April, and I think that we're even better now, as a team, than we were then. So I'm looking forward to it. I think this team has a win in it this year, and the races are clicking away, so maybe Texas will be where we can check that off."

MARTIN (ON BATTLING FOR 13TH IN POINTS.): "To me, every position is important. We didn't miss the Chase and then just give up. We knew that we wanted to improve our program and get better results, and we're doing that. We want to win races, and I think that we're capable of doing that again. And throughout all of that, you want to get to the highest points position you can. For us that's 13th. So if we can achieve that -- get to the best we can -- then that's definitely a positive for this race team. It's a good way to end the season and a good starting point for 2011."

ALAN GUSTAFSON, CREW CHIEF, NO. 5 CARQUEST AUTO PARTS/GODADDY.COM CHEVROLET (ON THE TEAM'S INTERMEDIATE PROGRAM.): "California was a really nice improvement -- that's a little bigger, a two-mile track. And at Kansas, we had a great car. We had to start in the back from our engine problem, but we made gains there. At Charlotte (N.C.), we had a good car, but it's such a track position battle. We lost some of that and got behind. It's not where we want to be yet, but I feel like we're a lot better than we were in the summer on intermediate tracks. We've made some improvements, but we have a little more to go."

GUSTAFSON (ON THE IMPORTANCE OF TRACK POSITION.): "When they repaved Charlotte, you have to run such a hard tire that they don't really fall off. The cars are so equal, especially in the fall race, that no one is passing. There's too much grip so whoever is out front takes off. At Texas, the surface is more worn out. It will be hotter and slicker. So I don't think it will be as track position dependent as Charlotte was."

GUSTAFSON (ON BATTLING FOR 13TH IN POINTS.): "You always want to get as high in points as you can; win as many races as you can; lead as many laps as you can. It's all about goals. You have to have them. In the situation we're in, we can't just say 'We didn't make the Chase, so we have no goals.' There are goals to win. Goals to get to 13th. Goals to consistently run up front. I think the opportunity to finish 13th is right there in front of us right now. It's something we want to, and need to, achieve."

-source: hendrick motorsports

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Mark Martin
Teams Hendrick Motorsports