Fontana: Mark Martin pre-race notes

MARK MARTIN FAST FACTS -- Auto Club 500, Feb. 27th RACE 2 CALIFORNIA SPEEDWAY (2.0 MILES, 250 LAPS) FRESH OFF STRONG DAYTONA RUN, NO. 6 TEAM HEADS OUT WEST After a challenging Speedweeks that culminated in Martin's sixth place Daytona 500 ...

MARK MARTIN FAST FACTS -- Auto Club 500, Feb. 27th
RACE 2
CALIFORNIA SPEEDWAY (2.0 MILES, 250 LAPS)

FRESH OFF STRONG DAYTONA RUN, NO. 6 TEAM HEADS OUT WEST

After a challenging Speedweeks that culminated in Martin's sixth place Daytona 500 finish, the No. 6 Viagra Team takes the show out west to Fontana, where Martin will look for yet another strong showing.

Chassis Number: (RK-231) - The team will run RK-231 at California. RK-231 was the star of the stable in 2004, with top five runs at Dover, California 2, Michigan 2 and Las Vegas. The car also had strong runs at Charlotte 2, Pocono 1, Indy and Chicago.

Worthy Note: Martin has currenlty been running at the finish of 23 straight races. The longest current streak in NASCAR.

MARTIN AT FONTANA

Martin has posted four top-10 and three top-five finishes in nine starts at California. In addition, Martin has started inside the top 10 in four of the seven races. Martin finished third last fall at Fontana and 11th a year ago in the Spring race.

Martin actually finished 10th in the inaugural race at Fontana, despite running out of gas on the race's final lap, while in the lead. Martin came back the next year to win the second ever Cup race at Fontana in 1998. Martin has led a total of 259 laps at Fontana, including 65 in a third place finish last fall.

MARTIN GETS RECORD 12th IROC WIN AT DAYTONA

Martin earned his record 12th win in the IROC Series at Daytona last week. This season he will also look to break the record for championships in the series, as he goes for his fifth. He is currently tied with Dale Earnhardt with four. The IROC Series returns to action on on April 15 at Texas.

THE SALUTE TO YOU TOUR HEADS OUT WEST

Mark Martin will make his final run at the Nextel Cup title in 2005. Martin has dubbed 2005 as his "Salute to You" tour, a year in which he hopes to take the time to thank each and everyone that he feels played a role in his success, including team members, fans, NASCAR and the media.

QUOTING MARK AND PAT --ON FONTANA

"Fontana is pretty awesome right now. We have a great record out there in the past and we really have our cars figured out right now for those types of race tracks and I can't wait to get out there and do some downforce racing with my Viagra Team.

"I've been excited about this part of the schedule since it came out. We survived Daytona and made it out with a solid finish and now we are headed into the style of racing that better suits my style. We can't wait to get moving towards the next three races at Fontana, Las Vegas and Atlanta. We ran strong at Fontana last fall and I can't wait to get out there with the new rules package. We are just looking forward to going out there and seeing what we can do against everyone else. "

PAT TRYSON

"We had a really good test at Fontana and after two weeks at Daytona, we can't wait to get out there and see what we can do. We ran really well there last fall and it's one of those type of tracks that really suits the way mark likes to race. Hopefully we can go other there and notch the first win of the 'Salute Tour'."

Mark Martin Fast Facts -- FONTANA

* Martin has posted four top-10 and three top-five finishes in nine races at California Speedway.

* Martin has led a total of 259 laps at California Speedway, including 65 laps last fall.

* Martin finished 10th in the inaugural California race, despite running out of gas late and posting a DNF. Martin rebounded the following year to win the race.

* Martin has currently been running at the finish of 23 straight races, the longest current streak.

* Martin will drive the No. 9 Pennzoil Busch car at Fontana this weekend as well.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Mark Martin