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MARTIN, NO. 6 VIAGRA TEAM GO WITH RETRO LOOK AT TEXAS Martin and the team posted their strongest performance of the early season with a third-place run at Martinsville last weekend. The team will look to maintain that momentum as they take to ...

MARTIN, NO. 6 VIAGRA TEAM GO WITH RETRO LOOK AT TEXAS

Martin and the team posted their strongest performance of the early season with a third-place run at Martinsville last weekend. The team will look to maintain that momentum as they take to Texas where Martin has one win and four top-10 finishes in eight career runs.

Chassis Number: (RK-247) - The team will run RK-247 this weekend at Texas. RK-247 is a new car that will be making its first run.

Worthy Note: Martin won the second Cup race at Texas in 1998.

IN THE POINTS

The strong finish at Martinsville Martin moved moved up six places to fourth in the Nextel Cup point standings. Martin is currently 198 points behind first place and only 16 points out of third.

A LOOK BACK - MARTIN TO RUN FIRST OF FOUR RETRO PAINT SCHEMES AT TEXAS

The No. 6 Viagra Ford will boast an old but familiar look this weekend at Texas. As part of his "Salute to You" Tour, Martin will run at Retro-89 paint scheme that will have the same look as his first Roush Racing Cup car. Martin ran the 'dark' blue scheme in each of his first two years at Roush (1988 and '89). It is the scheme that Martin ran in his first Cup victory at Rockingham in 1989. Martin will also run retro schemes at the Nextel All-Star, the Brickyard 400 and the season finale at Homestead.

MARTIN AT TEXAS

Martin has posted four top-10 finishes in eight starts at Texas. In addition he has one victory and three top fives. Martin finished 38th at the inaugural race at Texas in 1997 after mechanical issues, but returned the next year to post a victory there. He won the inaugural Busch race there in 1997.

TRIPLE THREAT

Martin will be looking for the triple crown this weekend at Texas, running in the IROC, Busch and Nextel Cup races. Martin won in the IROC series in the first race of the season at Daytona and he'll be looking for his record extending 13th win in an IROC car. In addtion, Martin wil run Saturday's Busch race where he'll be looking for his third straight victory and record extending 48th series win. All in all Martin has boasted four wins at Texas, winning once in the Cup car and three in the Busch Series.

MARKMARTINSALUTE.COM

Mark Martin will make his final run at the Nextel Cup title in 2005. Martin 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 TEXAS

"Texas is a great race track. It's the type of place that suits my driving style. I've always done pretty well on the 1.5-mile tracks and Texas has been pretty good for us in that mix. We won the second race there and we've been pretty good there ever since. Hopefully we can go back there and get us another win this weekend. We'll be racing in the IROC, Busch and Cup races, maybe we can get us a couple of wins in there.

"The team did a great job last week at Martinsville. That's not my favorite track by any means and to get out of there with a third-place finish and a chance to win, well that's almost even more than we can ask for. Pat and the team have really been on their game this year and I just can't wait to get back out on the track at Texas."

PAT TRYSON

"We are looking forward to this weekend. After two weeks of short track racing, it will be great to get back to a 1.5-mile track where Mark really excels at racing. We had a good week last week in Martinsville and a chance to win late in the race. Hopefully we can do that again this weekend and seal the deal for our first cup win of the season."

Mark Martin Fast Facts -- TEXAS

* Martin posted a Cup win at Texas in the second race there in 1998.

* Martin has four top fives and three top 10's in eight Cup starts at Texas.

* Martin will be looking for three wins at Texas in the IROC, Busch and Cup races.

* Martin has won three times in the Busch Series at Texas in only four races.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
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