Daytona II: Mark Martin preview

MARTIN HOPES FOR JULY CELEBRATION After taking off two races at Sonoma and New Hampshire, Martin returns behind the wheel of the No. 8 U.S. Army Chevrolet for the Coke Zero 400 at the famed Daytona International Speedway. Worthy Note: Martin...

MARTIN HOPES FOR JULY CELEBRATION

After taking off two races at Sonoma and New Hampshire, Martin returns behind the wheel of the No. 8 U.S. Army Chevrolet for the Coke Zero 400 at the famed Daytona International Speedway.

Worthy Note: Martin has never won in a Sprint Cup point race at Daytona, but he has won there in the Craftsman Truck and IROC series.

MARTIN AT DAYTONA

A resident of Daytona Beach, this will be Martin's 47th start at his 'home' track of Daytona International Speedway. Martin has tallied nine top-five finishes and 16 top-10 finishes in 46 Sprint Cup races at Daytona.

IN VICTORY LANE AT DAYTONA

Martin has never won a Sprint Cup Series points race at Daytona International Speedway, but he does boast a victory in the Budweiser Shootout, two IROC wins (2003 and 2005) and he won the Craftsman Truck Series race there in in 2006.

UNRESTRICTED - MARTIN ONE OF ALL-TIME BEST AT RESTRICTOR PLATE RACING

Despite not being a big fan of the restrictor-plate tracks, Martin has proven to be one of the best at the craft. In fact, Martin's 37 top-10 finishes in restrictor-plate races is the most ever. Over all he has 80 starts at restrictor-plate tracks (ties for second most ever), with 19 top-fives (fourth most), two wins and three poles. He has an average start of 15th at those races, with an average finish of 15.9.

FIRST HALF CLOSING IN

This race will mark the 13th of Martin's 26 starts for 2008 (counting the two all-star events). Through the first 12 point races of the season, Martin has tallied two top-five finishes, five top-10s, while completing 99.8 percent of his laps and leading 69 laps.

QUOTING MARK MARTIN:

"I'm excited about getting back in the car at Daytona. I've had a couple of races off and its always good to go out and get your batteries charged back up. We had a good car at Daytona during Speedweeks and should have gotten a good finish if we had not of gotten caught up in a late accident. So, we'll go there this week and try to fine-tune what we learned in February.

"These DEI cars have always been strong on the restrictor plate tracks, and despite the fact that I'm not really a huge fan of this type of racing, I'm looking forward to seeing what (crew chief) Tony Gibson and the guys will put under me. They have been stellar all year and it continues to be awesome to work with these guys and drive their car. We are going to keep trying hard to put that No. 8 in Victory Lane this season, and I can't think of a better time than the Fourth of July weekend at Daytona."

MARK MARTIN FAST FACTS:

* Martin has two wins in the IROC series and a Budweiser Shootout victory at Daytona.

* Martin has finished inside the top six in six of his last 13 races at Daytona.

* Martin has finished inside the top-10 in 16 of his last 33 at Daytona and seven of his last 16 summer races.

* Martin has nine top-five and 16 top-10 finishes in 46 starts at DIS.

* Martin has finished in the top-10 in 56 percent of his 80 restrictor-plate races.

* Martin's 37 top-10 finishes in restrictor plate races are the most ever.

* Martin has two wins, 19 top-fives and three poles in his 80 restrictor-plate starts.

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