BUSCH: Martinsville: Mark McFarland preview

MCFARLAND AND NAVY TEAM READY FOR MARTINSVILLE Martinsville Notes * NASCAR Busch Series driver Mark McFarland will drive the No. 88 Navy Accelerate Your Life Chevrolet Monte Carlo in Saturday's Goody's 250 at Martinsville Speedway. * While...

MCFARLAND AND NAVY TEAM READY FOR MARTINSVILLE

Martinsville Notes

* NASCAR Busch Series driver Mark McFarland will drive the No. 88 Navy Accelerate Your Life Chevrolet Monte Carlo in Saturday's Goody's 250 at Martinsville Speedway.

* While Saturday's race will be the Busch Series first race there in more than a decade, McFarland has turned a number of laps on the Virginia short track in recent years. He competed in two NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series events there, picking up a 15th-place finish in 2003. McFarland also ran several late model stock car races at the track as well.

* McFarland is scheduled to sign autographs at the Navy display booth on Saturday from 10:30 to 11 a.m.

* The Navy team is bringing chassis No. 016 to Martinsville. The car was on track last weekend at New Hampshire International Speedway. McFarland started 26th and drove the car to an 11th-place finish.

* McFarland and the team picked up their best finish of the season in April at Talladega Superspeedway. He started 27th and finished seventh there

* JR Motorsports and The Cycle Xchange have teamed up to create a one-of-a-kind custom chopper benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and Western North Carolina. The 2006 TCX/Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chopper debuted at the Speed Street Festival in Charlotte on May 25 and is scheduled to be on display at select NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races and select motorcycle rallies including Sturgis Bike Week. The chopper will be up for bid on eBay (www.ebay.com/dalejr) starting at 11 p.m. EST on Sept. 29. Dale Jr. will present the chopper to the winning bidder during on-stage festivities at the 7th Annual Celebrity/Sports Auction on Oct. 24.

Mark McFarland, Driver of No. 88 Navy Accelerate Your Life Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS

"I've been waiting for this weekend all year. Martinsville is the track where I have the most experience of all the tracks we go to in the Busch Series.

"I should have a pretty good advantage because the Busch cars haven't been there in a while and I've logged a ton of laps at Martinsville. I think all of my late model experience will help us out a bunch this weekend. I've raced there so many times and come pretty close to winning. My goal for this weekend is to bring home a clock." (Martinsville's trophy is a Grandfather Clock.)

Wes Ward, Crew Chief of No. 88 Navy Accelerate Your Life Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS

"I was working with Tommy Houston the last time the Busch Series raced at Martinsville and I've gone to a couple Truck Series races there with Terry Cook, so I'm looking forward to going back. It's a neat little track with a lot of history and I love their hot dogs.

"It's been a while since the series ran there last, so we'll probably rely on some of our Cup resources to get a good base to start from. NASCAR is giving us a full day to test, so that should give us plenty of time to get it figured out. Plus, Mark's raced there before and has a good feel for the track, which will help us as well."

Navy Notables

* The fleet honoree for Saturday's race at Martinsville Speedway is the Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Detachment (AMID) Willow Grove. The detachment provides regionalized aircraft maintenance and logistics support for 12 aircraft squadrons with a 212-member workforce processing over 36,000 maintenance and supply actions annually.

-JR Motorsports

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