BUSCH: Atlanta: Martin Truex Jr - NASCAR spotlight

* Hot heading to Atlanta - Truex has six top fives, nine top 10s in last 11 races * NASCAR community mourns, unites after Hendrick Motorsports aviation tragedy DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 27, 2004) ... For the third consecutive race, the NASCAR...

* Hot heading to Atlanta - Truex has six top fives, nine top 10s in last 11 races

* NASCAR community mourns, unites after Hendrick Motorsports aviation tragedy

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 27, 2004) ... For the third consecutive race, the NASCAR Busch Series entry list will have one of the sport's greatest names, alongside others in the process of making names for themselves.

Mark Martin (No. 9 Cottman Transmissions Ford), the series' all-time leader in wins (45) and also the leader in NASCAR Busch Series victories at Atlanta Motor Speedway (three), is entered in Saturday's Aaron's 312. Last week, Bill Elliott qualified second at Memphis in his first series race in a decade. And at Charlotte two weeks ago, Sterling Marlin started his second NASCAR Busch Series race this season, but just his second since 2000.

Despite the presence of NASCAR legends among his competition, Martin Truex Jr. (No. 8 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet) now has a season-high 208-point lead over his rival, Kyle Busch (No. 5 Lowe's Chevrolet) with four races to go as a result of his series-best sixth victory of the season last week at Memphis.

"I try not to think about the points lead," Truex said. "Two bad races, and we can easily lose our lead. This has been a great season and we don't want to just lie down and take it easy because of the lead we have. It"s important to have a strong finish."

Truex will also attempt to make his first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series start at Atlanta. His first try was rained out at New Hampshire in September.

NASCAR FAMILY SHAKEN BUT STEADFAST- AND SUPPORTIVE Last Sunday's accident involving a Hendrick Motorsports airplane claimed 10 lives, and affected countless others. NASCAR Vice President Jim Hunter offered these thoughts on the tragedy:

"NASCAR is a major nationwide sport involving thousands of people, but whenever something like this happens, we're reminded of just how close-knit we are, despite the growth of the sport," Hunter said.

"The term 'NASCAR Family' is not a mere slogan. In times like this we pull together as any other family would.

"All of us at NASCAR continue to keep those affected by the accident in our prayers. We will continue to offer support and comfort whenever possible. We will carry on and, simply, do the best we can under these incredibly trying circumstances."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Bill Elliott , Sterling Marlin , Martin Truex Jr. , Jim Hunter , Kyle Busch , Mark Martin
Teams Hendrick Motorsports