Dover: Mark Martin preview

MARTIN LOOKS TO ATTACK MONSTER AGAIN Veteran lists Dover as one of favorites on NASCAR circuit DOVER, Del. (May 29, 2007) -- They call it the Monster Mile for its ferocity as a race track, but U.S. Army driver Mark Martin had his fingers on the...

MARTIN LOOKS TO ATTACK MONSTER AGAIN
Veteran lists Dover as one of favorites on NASCAR circuit

DOVER, Del. (May 29, 2007) -- They call it the Monster Mile for its ferocity as a race track, but U.S. Army driver Mark Martin had his fingers on the pulse of Dover International Speedway from the very beginning.

"You attack it," said the 25-year veteran. "It's just a race track where you don't have to finesse that much, you just drive like an animal. The very first time I went there in 1982, I loved it. We actually ran top five in our first race there. It's an awesome track and there is no cooler place in the world to race at."

Since that first race at Dover 25 years ago, Martin has tamed the "Monster" on every level. Last year he won there in the Craftsman Truck Series to become the only driver to win at Dover in all three of NASCAR's major series.

His first career Busch Series win came at Dover in 1987; a win that was also the first of his 89 career NASCAR victories.

Ten years later he would win the first of four Cup races there, starting a span of three consecutive years he would take the checkered flag in the fall race at Dover.

He returned to Dover's Victory Lane in 2004 for his fourth Cup victory and his win in last season's Craftsman Truck Series race there put the icing on the cake for Martin's monstrous Dover career.

This weekend Martin will roll into Dover for the first time driving 01 U.S. Army Chevrolet and for the first time in the Car of Tomorrow. A scenario that Martin knows may put the monster back into Dover for himself and his Ginn Racing crew.

"I've had a lot of success at Dover over the years," said Martin. "And I'd love to expand on that success with the U.S. Army Team. This is such a great race team to work with and it's such an honor to drive for our soldiers."

"We know that we have our work cut out for us with this COT," added Martin. "But we've gotten better with it in each race. I can't think of a better place than Dover to try and have a breakout week with the COT."

Despite all the success at Dover, Martin admits the track came by its nickname honestly.

"Actually, it (Dover) was a thorn in my side for years," explained Martin. "I always loved to race there and we were always really good. But, we should have won there so many times in the Cup car before we did. I don't know how many times I blew out tires or crashed leading and dominating the race. Finally it just all came together for us and we've had a lot of success ever since."

-credit: gr

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