MARTIN LOOKS FOR THE TRIPLE AT RICHMOMD Locked into chase, Martin sets sights on IROC, BUSCH and CUP races CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 7, 2005) -- Unlike a year ago Mark Martin will not enter this weekend's race at Richmond with the weight of the ...
MARTIN LOOKS FOR THE TRIPLE AT RICHMOMD
Locked into chase, Martin sets sights on IROC, BUSCH and CUP races
CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 7, 2005) -- Unlike a year ago Mark Martin will not enter this weekend's race at Richmond with the weight of the world on his shoulders. He will not be fighting for a place in the Nextel Cup Chase; he secured that last week with an 11th place finish at Fontana. However, that's not to say he will not be plenty busy as the weekend racing heats up at Richmond International, as Martin will take place in not only Saturday night's Chevy Rock and Roll 400, but Thursday night International Race of Champions race and Saturday night's Busch Series race as well.
"Our goal was to clinch our spot in the Chase and we've done that," said Martin. "We can kind of go for it all at Richmond and then it's on to the next goal -- the Nextel Cup Championship.
"We'll have a busy week at Richmond, that's for sure. We have a lot of races going on with the IROC, Busch and Cup races, but that just gives us three opportunities to go out and get a trophy. We'll be looking to run up front in all three events and hopefully we can get a couple of more trophies this weekend."
Martin will look to extend his IROC record 12 victories to 13 when the green flag drops Thursday on the third IROC event of the season. Martin won at Daytona in February in the No. 6 IROC car and finished second to Sebastien Bourdais in the second race of the season at Texas. Looking for a record fifth championship in the series, Martin currently holds a 10 point advantage in the standings over Bourdais with two races remaining.
Martin will look for his third Busch Series win of the season on Friday night and his sixth career Busch win at Richmond. Driving the Red Apple No. 9 car, Martin hopes to improve on his seventh place Busch finish there in the spring. Martin will also be looking to extend his series-record winning total of 47 Busch Series wins.
On Saturday night Martin will be afforded the luxury of going for broke, as points will not be an issue when the green flag drops on the Chevy Rock and Roll 400. Last season Martin survived a multi-car accident and used a fifth-place finish to cap off a mad rally that saw his Chase hopes go down to the wire in dramatic fashion. This year Martin will need to worry only about getting up front, with his place in the Chase firmly secured.
After Richmond, Martin and the No. 6 Viagra* Team will shift ifs attention to winning a championship and they prepare for the 10 race stretch that will decide the 2005 Nextel Cup Champion.
Roush Racing is a subsidiary of Livonia, Mich., based Roush Industries that operates ten motorsports teams; five in NASCAR Nextel Cup with drivers Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch, Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards; three in the Busch Series with Martin, Kenseth and Edwards, and two in the Craftsman Truck Series with drivers Ricky Craven and Todd Kluever.