MARTIN MAKES RETURN TO TRUCK SERIES

Almost 10 years after winning the Craftsman Truck Series race at North Wilkesboro, Mark Martin makes his return to the series this Friday night in the Ford 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Martin will be going for the triple threat at Homestead this weekend, taking part in the Truck, Busch and Nextel Cup Series races. It marks the first time Martin has taken part in all three of NASCAR's premier series races in the same weekend since Sept of 1996 at Richmond. He will drive the No. 33 Stonebridge Life Ford F-150 in the race.

THE CAR
The team will run No. 43 at Homestead this Friday night. This will be No. 43's first run. Martin and the team tested the truck at Homestead in October and were very pleased with the results.

MARTIN IN THE CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES
Martin has only two starts in the Truck series, with both coming in Sept. of 1996. 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. That was Martin's last start in the series until this weekend.

AT HOMESTEAD
While this will be Martin's first start in the Truck Series at Homestead, he is certainly no stranger to the 1.5-mile track. Martin has started a total of 12 combined races at Homestead in both the Cup and the Busch series, registering eight top-five finishes in those events. Ironically all of Martin's top 10 finishes at Homestead have been inside of the top five. However, Martin has never registered a victory at Homestead in any series.

FAMILIAR FACES
While this will be Martin's first Truck Series start in nine years, Martin will see familiar faces when he hits pit road in his No. 33 truck on Friday night. The truck will be pitted by Martin's No. 6 Viagra Racing Nextel Cup team and will be crew chiefed by Pat Tryson and spotted by all-star spotter Eddie Pardue.

QUOTING MARK ON THE TRUCK RACE AT HOMESTEAD
"We are really looking forward to the truck race this weekend at Homestead. It's been a long time since we ran a truck race and I've really been itching to get back in that series, as that is where our future lies. We are going to run a handful of truck races next season as well and then go full-time with it in '07, so this should be a good way to tell exactly where we are with the program. I'm just looking to go out and have a lot of fun with it this weekend."

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