Daytona: Mark Martin preview

MARTIN TO KICK OFF TRUCK SCHEDULE IN DAYTONA Martin will kick off his 2006 Craftsman Truck Series campaign at Daytona International Raceway, where he will be making his first career start in the series at the 2.5-mile superspeedway. Martin plans...

MARTIN TO KICK OFF TRUCK SCHEDULE IN DAYTONA

Martin will kick off his 2006 Craftsman Truck Series campaign at Daytona International Raceway, where he will be making his first career start in the series at the 2.5-mile superspeedway. Martin plans to run seven races in the series in 2006, sharing the seat of the No. 6 Scotts Ford F-150 with up and comer and Driver X finalist David Ragan. Martin plans to move to the series full-time in 2007.

THE TRUCK -- No. 30 -- The team will use the same chassis that Todd Kluever used last year at Daytona and Texas.

MARTIN IN THE CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES

Martin has only three starts in the Truck series. The first two came in Sept. of 1996 and the third last year in the season finale at Homestead. Martin started his first race in the series on Sept. 5 1996, where he started fourth and finished third. Later that month on Sept. 28 he registered his first and only win in the series, starting second and taking the checkered flag in the Lowe's 250 at North Wilkesboro Speedway. He finished eighth last year at Homestead, in a weekend where he competed in all three of NASCAR's premiere series.

AT DAYTONA

While this will be Martin's first start in the Truck Series at Daytona, he is certainly no stranger to the 2.5-mile superspeedway. Martin has started a total of 52 races at Daytona International Speedway in the Nextel Cup and Busch Series, running to 11 top-five finishes and 21 top 10's. In addition, Martin has started 18 Budweiser Shootouts and Daytona, running to a win in the all-star event in 1999 and he has two wins and seven top five finishes in 10 career IROC starts at DIS.

QUOTING MARK ON THE TRUCK RACE AT DAYTONA

"I can't wait to get out there in the Truck and see what we can do. We had a whole lot of fun testing and I've had my eyes on this series for sometime now. We originally hoped to be running full time in the truck this season, but decided to put that off for a year. We'll still be running a total of seven races this year and I can't wait to get out there and just have a lot of fun and hopefully go and win some races. Mike Beam and the guys have done a great job with the trucks and they were really fast at the test, so I think we are going to be competitive when we go back out there in a few days for the race. It should be a whole lot of fun and we are really looking forward to it."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers David Ragan , Todd Kluever , Mark Martin