MARTIN TO MAKE FIRST BUSCH START OF SEASON AT TEXAS The series all-time win leader will look to add to his totals this weekend CONCORD, N.C. (April 4, 2006) -- Mark Martin will make his first Busch start of the season this weekend at Texas...
MARTIN TO MAKE FIRST BUSCH START OF SEASON AT TEXAS
The series all-time win leader will look to add to his totals this weekend
CONCORD, N.C. (April 4, 2006) -- Mark Martin will make his first Busch start of the season this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, where he will look to add to his series-record 47 Busch victories. Martin will debut his No. 6 Pennzoil Platinum Ford Fusion at TMS, where he boasts an incredible three victories in only five Busch starts. In addition, Martin won the 1998 Cup race at the 1.5-mile track. Last season, problems with the car's suspension forced Martin to a 31st-place finish in the Busch race, his worst Busch finish at the track.
"I'm excited about getting back in the Busch car," said Martin. "We have Pennzoil back on board for this race and we have got the No. 6 on the car this year as well, so it will be an exciting and familiar look.
"Texas is a great track for us and we've had a lot of success there in both the Busch and Cup cars, so I can't think of a better place to get some extra racing in than Texas. Hopefully we'll be able to go out there and get us another win."
Martin also needs only one pole to become the all-time leader in Busch poles; he currently has 28 with the last one coming last fall at Richmond. A top-five finish at Texas, would give him 100 total top-five Busch finishes.
Martin 'retired' from the Busch Series in 2000 with a series-record 45 wins. He returned for a handful of races in 2004 and added victories 46 and 47 in his first two starts at California and Las Vegas last season.
All in all, Martin has posted 47 victories, 28 poles, 99 top-five and 136 top-10 finishes. He has finished top 10 in 64 percent of his 213 career Busch starts.
Martin will take part in three races this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, starting in Friday's IROC race, Saturday's Busch race and Sunday's Nextel Cup race. The race is the first of seven Busch races Martin has scheduled in 2006. His next Busch start will come in two weeks at Phoenix. All in all, Martin is set to run in 63 races in 2006, his "Salute To You" encore year.
Martin's 2006 Busch Series Schedule April 8, Texas Motor Speedway April 21, Phoenix Intl Raceway May 12, Darlington Raceway May 27, Lowe's Motor Speedway July 8, Chicagoland Speedway Sept 9, California Speedway Nov. 4, Texas Motor Speedway