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Countdown to the Budweiser Shootout: Mark Martin 2 Days Until the Budweiser Shootout Notes and Quotes: Mark Martin (Thursday, Feb. 5, 2004) -- In the Budweiser Shootout, there is no bigger iron man that Mark Martin. The Batesville, Ark....

Countdown to the Budweiser Shootout: Mark Martin

2 Days Until the Budweiser Shootout
Notes and Quotes: Mark Martin

(Thursday, Feb. 5, 2004) -- In the Budweiser Shootout, there is no bigger iron man that Mark Martin. The Batesville, Ark. native holds the longest consecutive streak of Budweiser Shootout appearances, a total that will reach 16 when he takes the green flag Saturday night in the 26th running of the all-star event. He first competed in the Shootout in 1982, in which he started ninth and finished eighth. His second Shootout didn't come until seven years later (1989), but it marked the beginning of his record-setting streak. Martin will be driving the No. 6 Oscar-Meyer/Team Kraft Ford Saturday night.

Mark Martin --

"We are excited about this year's Budweiser Shootout. We are again running a special paint scheme with Kraft, the Oscar-Meyer/Team Kraft Racing Ford, so that's always fun for the fans.

"We are taking a brand new and untested car. We felt we could build something better than what we tested. Of all the things we learned at the test in January, we were able to put all that together and build a car off what we learned. If all things go well, we'll use the Shootout car as a back-up for the Daytona 500."

"I just can't wait to get out there and start practicing the Bud Shootout car and figure out a way to beat all those guys. The Shootout is just what its name says. It's an exciting race where the winner takes all, and there really isn't a prize for second. It's an all-star event and just a fun race that I've really enjoyed taking part in through the years.

"As for the race you just never know in the Budweiser Shootout. Last year we gambled a bit to get up front and in the end it didn't pay off. But the bottom line is that second place is no better than 17th or 18th in the Shootout, so it's not uncommon to see teams go for it all. This year we are going to go out and try and win it again like we did in '99. Hopefully we can have those types of results, but you just never know in that race."

The 26th running of the Budweiser Shootout is scheduled for Sat., Feb. 7. It can be seen live on TNT at 8 p.m. ET. For race tickets, call 1-800-PITSHOP or log on to www.1-800-Pitshop.com.

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