Atlanta II: Casey Mears preview

Casey Mears and No. 41 Target/BCRF Dodge Target Team Facts: * Final race to a cure: Casey Mears will make his final start in the pink No. 41 Target Dodge which showcases the pink ribbon logo of the Breast Cancer Research...

Casey Mears and No. 41 Target/BCRF Dodge

Target Team Facts:

* Final race to a cure: Casey Mears will make his final start in the pink No. 41 Target Dodge which showcases the pink ribbon logo of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). The auction of his one-of-a-kind helmet donated by Troy Lee Designs continues through the week on eBay (item #6438953070). All the proceeds from the auction, along with the pink racing products sold at caseymears.com, in the CGRFS gift shop and at Mears' trackside trailer, will go directly to the BCRF.

* Atlanta: Mears has five NASCAR NEXTEL Cup starts at Atlanta Motor Speedway. His best finish at the 1.54-mile track is 13th, which he earned last October. He led 37 laps at the speedway in March of 2004 before the motor expired with just 23 laps remaining in the race.

* Testing: The Target team was slated to test at Homestead-Miami Speedway this week, but the test was cancelled due to damage to the track from hurricane Wilma. The team is tentatively re-scheduled to test on Monday and Tuesday of next week.

* Standings: Mears and the Target team dropped one spot in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series standings to 25th following their 22nd-place finish at Martinsville.

* Chassis: Crew chief Jimmy Elledge and the Target team are returning to Atlanta with their favorite and most successful chassis, #206. This chassis most recently finished sixth at Charlotte two weeks ago and had an eighth-place effort at Kansas one week prior. This chassis will be making its ninth appearance of the 2005 season. Mears drove this chassis to two other top-10 finishes this year, a sixth-place finish at Indianapolis and a ninth-place finish at Chicagoland.

Casey Mears Quotes:

On Atlanta: "Atlanta is one of my favorite tracks on the circuit. To me it's extremely fun because it's high-banked and really quick. You have two or three racing grooves to pass other cars, and if your car is not running great in one groove you can search around the track to find one that your car likes better.

"I'm excited to go back because we ran well at Texas and Charlotte. The Target Dodge was so fast at those tracks, that we should be pretty good again this weekend. If we hit the set up just right, we have a great shot at a top-five finish or even a win. We've led quite a few laps at Atlanta. It's one of the tracks that although we may not have the finishes to show for it, we know we can run competitively.

"This is the last weekend we are running the pink and white Target Dodge for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. This program has been a huge success for everyone involved. If you look at our pit wall banner on race day you will see how many people have been affected by the disease."

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