BUSCH: Homestead: Mark Martin preview

MARTIN LOOKS FOR STRONG RUN IN BUSCH FINALE Mark Martin and the Red Apple No. 9 Racing Team will be looking for their third Busch Series win in 2005 when they take the green flag this Friday night in the Richmond International Raceway, where ...

MARTIN LOOKS FOR STRONG RUN IN BUSCH FINALE

Mark Martin and the Red Apple No. 9 Racing Team will be looking for their third Busch Series win in 2005 when they take the green flag this Friday night in the Richmond International Raceway, where Martin finished second in the Busch race in the spring.

THE CAR
The team will run RK-296 at Homestead this weekend. RK-296 made its only other run of the season at Kansas.

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. Martin has posted an additional two wins this year, boosting his record total to 47. All in all Martin has run 212 Busch races, collecting 135 top 10's and 98 top fives. Martin has won 22 percent of all the Busch races he's entered and finished inside the top 10 sixty-four percent of the time. Martin has led 5,232 laps in the series.

ON THE POLE
Martin won his 28th career pole this September at Richmond. The pole tied for the most career poles ever in the Busch Series.

AT HOMESTEAD
This will be Martin's seventh run in the Busch Series at Homestead. He boasts five top-five finishes, including a second place run in his last Busch start there in 2000. He has led a total of 115 laps in those six starts and has an average finish of fiffth.

RECORD 47 CAREER VICTORIES
Martin will be going for his record-extending 48th 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 came in March at Las Vegas. It was Martin's second Busch win of the season. 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 2005 Roush Racing Nextel Cup teams as well as the NASCAR Busch Series Pennzoil No. 9 team. Martin will run seven races this season in the No. 9 Pennzoil Platinum Ultimate Protection Ford, with Matt Kenseth running two (Charlotte 2, Texas 2).

QUOTING MARK ON THE BUSCH RACE AT HOMESTEAD
"We've run quite a few Busch races at Homestead and we've always been really good there in the Busch car. We had a good test there a couple of weeks ago with the Busch car and we'll go there looking to get us one more Busch win before the season ends."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Jack Roush , Mark Martin