Martin To Make First Busch Start in Phoenix

Martin will make his fifth and final Busch start of the season this weekend at Phoenix when he takes part in the Phoenix Busch race for the first time. Martin has finished inside the top-10 in three of his four Busch starts this season and will be looking for his record extending 46th win in the series.

IN THE BUSCH SERIES

Martin made a name for himself in the Busch Series, taking a series record 45 checkered-flags from 1987 until he 'retired' from the series in 2000. All in all Martin has run 204 Busch races, collecting 129 top-10 and 94 top-five finishes. Martin has won 23 percent of all the Busch races he's entered and finished inside the top 10 65 percent of the time. Martin has led 7,740 laps in the series.

FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING

This will mark Martin's first Busch Series start at Phoenix.

RECORD 45 CAREER VICTORIES

Martin will be going for his record-extending 46th win in the Busch Series. Martin's first win in the Busch Series came on May 30, 1987 at Dover. His last win in a Busch car was on Sept. 2, 2000 at Darlington. Despite running a limited schedule of 15 races or less, Martin won at least two Busch races each year from 1993-2000, including six win seasons in '92, '96, '97 and '99.

PENNZOIL AND ROUSH

Pennzoil first sponsored Jack Roush in the 1960's, when the former Ford Motor Company engineer was a driver himself. This season Pennzoil is proud to once again team up with Jack Roush as sponsor of all five 2004 Roush Racing Nextel Cup teams as well as a NASCAR Busch Series "Pennzoil Super Team." This will be Martin's third race this season in the Pennzoil No. 9 Ford, with his best run coming at Michigan where he finished second.

Chassis Number: (RK-15) - The team will run RK-15 this weekend at Phoenix. RK-15 is the same car Martin ran to a sixth place finish last weekend at Atlanta. The car also finished second at Michigan and eighth at Dover.

QUOTING MARK ON RUNNING THE BUSCH RACE AT PHOENIX

"We are looking forward to running the Busch race at Phoenix this weekend. It's hard to believe, but we've never ran the Busch Series at Phoenix, so it'll be fun to get out there this weekend. I know there is about 20 other drivers from the Cup side that will be in the race, so it should make for some exciting competition and a great race. Hopefully we can take that Pennzoil No. 9 to victory lane on Saturday."

MARK MARTIN BUSCH FAST FACTS

* This will be Martin's first start in a Busch race at Phoenix.

* Martin has 129 top 10 and 94 top-five career finishes in the Busch Series.

* Martin has finished top 10 in four of five Busch races this season.

* Martin will be going for his Busch Series record extending 46th win in the series this weekend at Atlanta.

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