Dover II: Mark Martin preview

Martin returns to try hand at OLD FOE DoVEr Mark Martin returns to the No. 8 U.S. Army Racing team for this weekend's Sprint Cup race at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. The veteran driver, who took off last weekend's race at New ...

Martin returns to try hand at OLD FOE DoVEr

Mark Martin returns to the No. 8 U.S. Army Racing team for this weekend's Sprint Cup race at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. The veteran driver, who took off last weekend's race at New Hampshire, will look to slay Dover's Monster Mile, where he is one of the most successful drivers in the track's storied history.

NOTE OF THE WEEK: Martin is the only driver to have won in the Cup, Nationwide and Truck series at Dover.

TAMING THE MONSTER

This will be Martin's 45th career cup start at theMonster Mile of Dover, where he has won four times. The four wins tie him for the most ever at the track. Considered one of his favorite tracks on the circuit, Martin has 27 top-10 and 20 top-five finishes at the Monster Mile. The 20 top-fives are the most of any driver. Three of Martin's four Dover wins have been in the fall race.

FIRST EVER NASCAR WIN

The first of Martin's 90 NASCAR victories came via the Busch Series at Dover on May 30, 1987 in the Budweiser 200.

FAST FROM START TO FINISH

Martin was fast at Dover from the very beginning, running fifth in the Mason-Dixon 500 in his first ever Cup start at the one-mile track on 5/16/82. Martin started the event seventh, the first of his 27 top-10 starts at the track.He finished in the top-10 in both races at Dover last season, including a fourth-place finish there in the fall and a seventh in the spring.

GETTING STARTED AT DOVER

Martin has four poles at Dover and started in the top 10 in 26 of his first 38 races there.

COVERING THE SERIES AT DOVER

Martin is the only driver to have won at Dover in all three of NASCAR's major racing divisions. He has four wins at the Monster Mile in the Cup car, one in the Busch race in 1987 and one in the truck series in 2006.

ON POINT

Martin and co-driver Aric Almirola currently have the No. 8 U.S. Army Team sitting at 15th in the Sprint Cup owner points.

QUOTING MARK

"They call Dover the Monster Mile, and I tell you what the track earned that nickname with me a lot in the early days. I won my first NASCAR race at Dover in the Nationwide Series in 1987 and we've won there four times in the Cup car since, but early on it was a big thorn in my side. We should have won there so many times in the Cup car before we finally broke through. We would have a flat tire leading or get wrecked or something. I did not think we would ever get that first win at Dover for the longest time.

"Despite all of that, I've had a lot of success at Dover and I can honestly say it is one of my favorite tracks on the circuit. We ran really well there in this race last year, but wewere way off during the spring. Our challenge is to go back this weekend and find what we need to be competitive in the race. We are still looking for that first win in the No. 8 car and Dover does have one of the coolest trophies on the circuit."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Aric Almirola , Mark Martin