Dover: Mark Martin preview

MARTIN LOOKS TO TAME THE MONSTER After a hard-fought 11th-place run in the Coke 600 last Sunday night, Martin heads to another of his favorite tracks, Dover International Speedway, where he has a combined six NASCAR wins. Worthy Note: Martin...

MARTIN LOOKS TO TAME THE MONSTER

After a hard-fought 11th-place run in the Coke 600 last Sunday night, Martin heads to another of his favorite tracks, Dover International Speedway, where he has a combined six NASCAR wins.

Worthy Note: Martin is the only driver to have won in the Cup, Busch and Truck series' at Dover.

MARTIN AT DOVER

This will be Martin's 42nd career cup start at Dover, where he has won four times. The four wins tie for the most ever at the track. Considered one of his favorite tracks on the circuit, Martin has 25 top-10 and 19 top-five finishes at the Monster Mile. The 19 top fives are the most of any driver. In addition, Martin earned his first ever career Busch Series win at Dover in 1987.

FAST FROM START TO FINISH

Martin was fast at Dover from the start, running fifth in the Mason-Dixon 500 in his first ever start at the one-mile track on 5/16/82. Martin started the event seventh, the first of his 25 top-10 starts at the track. He won his 34th Nextel Cup race there in 2004.

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 in all three of NASCAR's major racing divisions. He has four wins in the Cup car, one in the Busch race in 1987 and one in the Craftsman Truck there last season.

DOUBLE DUTY

Martin will make his second career Craftsman Truck Series start at Dover this weekend. Martin won the race last season in record time in his first Truck Series start at the track. The start will be Martin's third of the season in the Wood Brother's No. 21 entry.

POINTING FORWARD

Despite a partial schedule and having missed three races, Martin is currently 14th and just 31 points out of the Chase cutoff. The No. 01 car is sixth in Nextel Cup owner points.

QUOTING MARK ON DOVER

"Dover is a track that I always loved and we always ran well there. I should have won there so many times and it just seemed like something would go wrong. Finally it all fell into place and we've had a lot of success there over the years. I won my first ever Busch and NASCAR race there in 1987. We've won in the Cup car there four times and we got a Craftsman Truck Series win there last year. It's just the style of track that really suits my style of driving and it can be a lot of fun to race there.

"We have not exactly set the world on fire with the Car of Tomorrow, but we were better at Darlington than we were at Richmond and we were better at Richmond than Phoenix, so we are getting better. This is a great race team and we are faced with a big challenge with the COT. I am confident that Ryan Pemberton and the U.S. Army Team and all of the guys at Ginn are up to this challenge and I'm ready to get back on that this weekend at Dover."

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Series NASCAR Cup
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