Hitting the Mark at Atlanta Motor Speedway HAMPTON, Ga. (Oct. 25, 2007) -- Mark Martin likes racing Atlanta Motor Speedway so much he has decided that 500 miles of high-speed action simply isn't enough. Martin has decided to enter ...
Hitting the Mark at Atlanta Motor Speedway
HAMPTON, Ga. (Oct. 25, 2007) -- Mark Martin likes racing Atlanta Motor Speedway so much he has decided that 500 miles of high-speed action simply isn't enough. Martin has decided to enter the EasyCare Vehicle Service Contracts 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event on Saturday, Oct. 27 in addition to the Pep Boys Auto 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup event the next day.
Martin will run his sixth and final Craftsman Truck race of the season this weekend in the No. 21 Wood Brothers' truck. He has three top-five finishes in five starts, with a best finish of third this season. This will be Martin's third start in the truck in Atlanta, with his best finish of second coming in the spring truck event last year.
"Atlanta is a great racetrack," Martin said. "It's a big, fast racetrack where you can run all over the place. The pavement has aged well over the years and it has given up and made it a really fun place to race. From top-to-bottom, it's one of the best places that we go, and it makes for a great show and a great race."
A Revolving Door at the Top of the Craftsman Truck Championship Points Chase
For the fourth time in five races, there's a different competitor atop the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series point standings. Ron Hornaday entered the Oct. 20 Craftsman Truck event with a 14-point lead over Mike Skinner. He left in second place, trailing by 11.
Since late August, no one has been able to stay atop the points for consecutive races. While Skinner won the spring truck event at AMS, Hornaday has visited victory lane as well. Hornaday's spring 2005 victory margin of .008-seconds over Bobby Labonte is the closest superspeedway finish in NASCAR Craftsman Truck history
"I am looking forward to going to Atlanta," Hornaday said. "I have one win there already, and I will be going for another one."
Eleven points is the closest point margin with four races remaining in Craftsman Truck Series history.
Kyle Busch to Drive in Craftsman Truck Series Race at Atlanta Motor Speedway
The EasyCare Vehicle Service Contracts 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race will mark Kyle Busch's eighth start for Billy Ballew Motorsports this season. Busch has yet to visit victory lane in the No. 51 RedTop Auto Auction Silverado in 2007, but he does have a Craftsman Truck Series victory at AMS, coming in the fall of 2005.
"I'm excited to be back in the truck for Billy Ballew this weekend in Atlanta," said Busch. "Our first run in Atlanta for him we won. It was an action-packed race and at the end I saw the hole to make it to the finish line, so I kept going for it. The last lap of that race in 2005 is one no one will forget.
"I would love to repeat the win for Billy Ballew and RedTop Auto Auction. We haven't had a win this year yet and I think there is a good possibility to do that here in Atlanta. Atlanta Motor Speedway is fast, and I like the way you can run on the bottom or the top, making it a fun track to drive. That's probably why you see so many exciting finishes at Atlanta."
Practice for the EasyCare Vehicle Service Contracts 200 will begin on Friday, October 26 at noon. Qualifying will take place on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 9:45 a.m. after which NASCAR officials will impound the 36-truck starting field until the start of the EasyCare Vehicle Service Contracts 200 scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Tickets to the race are available by calling 877-9-AMS-TIX or online at www.atlantamotorspeedway.com