Charlotte II: Mark Martin preview

FRESH OFF KANSAS WIN, MARTIN HEADS TO 'FAVORITE TRACK' LOWES After dominating last week's race at Kansas, Martin heads to Lowe's Motor Speedway which he regards as his favorite track on the circuit. Martin won in the All-Star race in May at the...

FRESH OFF KANSAS WIN, MARTIN HEADS TO 'FAVORITE TRACK' LOWES

After dominating last week's race at Kansas, Martin heads to Lowe's Motor Speedway which he regards as his favorite track on the circuit. Martin won in the All-Star race in May at the 1.5 mile speedway and will look to repeat that success this Saturday night.

Chassis Number: (RK-314) - The team will run RK-314 this weekend at Lowe's. RK-314 finished 11th at Fontana in its last run. The car finished seventh at Indy and 17th at Michigan in its other runs this year.

Worthy Note: Martin's four wins at Lowe's tie for the most of any active driver.

IN THE POINTS

Martin's commanding victory moved him up two places to seventh in the points. Martin trimmed Tony Stewart's lead by 20 points and trails first place by 118. He trails second by only 38 points and he is just 21 points out of fifth.

BREAKING DOWN THE CHASE

Martin has started a total of 151 races at the remaining seven tracks that will make up the Chase for the Nextel Cup. He has posted 10 wins, 51 top-five and 79 top-10 finishes at those tracks. Martin has a 13.83 average finish at Chase tracks and he has led a total of 2,962 laps, including 1,148 at Lowe's.

MARTIN AT LOWES

Martin has four wins at Lowe's, with three coming in the fall race. In addition, he has won twice at Lowe's in the All-Star event, including last May's dominating performance. His 15 top-five finishes are the most of any active driver at the 1.5-mile track and his four wins tie with Jeff Gordon for the most wins by an active driver and the third most ever. In addition he boasts six Busch wins and one IROC win at Lowe's as well.

FAREWELL RUN FOR "WHITE LIGHTNING"

Martin will run the special 'reverse' white Viagra* night race paint scheme for the final time this weekend at Lowe's. Over the past two years the scheme has run 16 times, wracking up six top 10's, three top fives and a win.

RECORD 12th IROC CHAMPIONSHIP ALL BUT LOCKED UP

Martin's dramatic win over Kurt Busch in last Thursday's IROC race was not only Martin's record extending 13th of the series, but it all but locked up what will be his record setting fifth championship in the International Race of Champions.

MARKMARTINSALUTE.COM

Mark Martin has dubbed 2005 his "Salute to You" tour, a year in which he hopes to take the time to thank each and everyone that he feels played a role in his success, including team members, fans, NASCAR and the media.

QUOTING MARK AND PAT --ON LOWE'S

"I tell you what I love Lowe's Motor Speedway. In my opinion, it's the greatest place to race in the world. I can remember the first time that I ever went there in 1981 and thinking 'wow' this is just like a small quarter-mile track somewhere, except it's huge, but you could race just like that. Everytime I go there, the first thing I do after the first lap is radio the team and tell them how awesome that track is. We had a great test there a couple of weeks ago and I can't tell you how excited I am about getting back there.

"Last Sunday was a great win for this team and Charlotte couldn't come at a better time. We had a good car there in the spring and we got caught up in somebody's wreck late in the race. Hopefully this time we'll be able to avoid that and finish it off. Tony (Stewart) has a pretty good lead on all of us, but it's really tight after that. We just have to keep fighting and see what happens."

PAT TRYSON
"I think that we all pretty much know that Lowe's is Mark's favorite place to race and we also know that he can get the job done there. He was dominant in the All-Star race in May and we were good in the 600 as well. It's just up to us to give him a car capable of putting him up front and we all know that he'll do the rest. Our goal is to give Mark a good car and go out and look for two in a row this weekend at Lowe's. "

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Tony Stewart , Kurt Busch , Mark Martin