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Casey Mears and No. 41 Target Dodge Target Team Facts: * Championship Standings: Casey Mears and the Target Team sit 22nd in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup standings heading into the final race of the season. Mears finished 35th in...

Casey Mears and No. 41 Target Dodge

Target Team Facts:

* Championship Standings: Casey Mears and the Target Team sit 22nd in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup standings heading into the final race of the season. Mears finished 35th in 2003 and looks to improve on his finish by at least 10 positions.

* Homestead-Miami: Mears has competed in just one race at the 1.5-mile Homestead-Miami Speedway. He finished 27th in last year's race after a piece of debris punctured the radiator forcing him behind the wall for three laps to have it replaced.

* A season of firsts: Mears has seen many career firsts throughout the 2004 season. He earned his first top-10 finish of his career at Las Vegas, first top-five finish at Watkins Glen and first pole at Pocono Raceway. The highlight of the second-year driver's season came at Indianapolis Motor Speedway when he set a new track record on his way to capturing the pole for the Brickyard 400.

* Chassis: Crew chief Jimmy Elledge and the Target Team are bringing chassis #402 for the final race of the 2004 season. Chassis #402 was most recently run at Kansas, sat on the pole at Indianapolis and has finished in the top 10 four times this season.

* Family Feud: The Family Feud episode with Mears and four members of the Target Team airs this Wednesday, November 17. The Target Team takes on Scott Wimmer's team in a battle to win $20,000 for their favorite charities. Mears and the team played for Target House, an innovative approach to long-term housing for families whose children are receiving life-saving treatment at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

Casey Mears Quotes:

On the 2004 season... "We've had some things that have happened to us that really set the Target Team back and got us back in points," said Mears. "I don't think that really shows where we are as a team. We've had some really fast racecars. I feel like the whole Chip Ganassi organization stepped it up this season and is stepping it up even more in preparation for next season.

"Jimmy Elledge and I are getting along better than ever and we continue to learn from each other. He's learning what I want out of the racecar and I'm learning what I want out of these types of cars. It's easy to get frustrated when we don't have the results we're looking for. Now we can look back on it and see the strides we've made have been huge, and we've got to keep doing that going into next season. I really want to end the season on a high note so we can carry some momentum into off-season testing and next year."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Casey Mears , Scott Wimmer , Chip Ganassi