Homestead: Mark Martin preview

MARTIN, NO. 6 VIAGRA TEAM LOOK FOR STRONG FINISH Martin and the Viagra Racing Team travel south this weekend to Homestead, Fla. for the grand finale of the 2005 "Salute To You" season. Martin and the team will look to close out the season with a...

MARTIN, NO. 6 VIAGRA TEAM LOOK FOR STRONG FINISH

Martin and the Viagra Racing Team travel south this weekend to Homestead, Fla. for the grand finale of the 2005 "Salute To You" season. Martin and the team will look to close out the season with a strong finish at Homestead, where Martin boasts three top-five finishes in six Cup starts.

Chassis Number: (No. 315) - The team will run RK-315 this weekend at Homestead. RK-315 is the car Martin used to dominate the field at Kansas. He also used the car to finish third three weeks ago in Atlanta.

Worthy Note: All of Martin's three top-10 finishes at Homestead have been fourth-place or better.

IN THE POINTS

Martin remains fifth in the Nextel Cup point standings, 48 points ahead of sixth and 60 points behind fourth. Martin is 162 points outside of first and mathematically eliminated from championship contention, but he has a strong chance to post his 11th career top-five finish in the season standings. Martin has finished inside the top 10 in 14 of the last 16 seasons.

MARTIN AT HOMESTEAD

Martin has posted three top-five finishes in six runs at Homestead. He finished fourth there in the inaugural Cup race there in 1999, third in 2000 and fourth in 2002. Martin finished 11th there last season, locking up fourth place in the Nextel Cup point race.

MARTIN IN THE CHASE

In nine chase races, Martin has six finishes of seventh or better, including a win at Kansas, a second at Texas and a third at Atlanta. Martin has led a total of 262 laps during the "Chase." Martin trails the leader by 162 points. His Championship hopes were dealt a severe blow after getting caught up in someone else's early accident at Talladega where he lost 150 points to the leader.

MARTIN LOOKING FOR TRIPLE THREAT AT HOMESTEAD

Martin will race in all three of NASCAR's races this weekend at Homestead, running in the Craftsman Truck Series on Friday night, the Busch Series on Saturday night and the Nextel Cup race on Sunday afternoon. This will mark the first time since 1996 that Martin has taken part in three NASCAR races in one weekend and it is his first Truck start since '96.

QUOTING MARK AND PAT --ON HOMESTEAD

"Homestead has been a pretty good track for us over the yeras. They have changed the track a lot in the last couple of years, but it's still a fun place to race. We will have a really busy weekend at Homestead, running in all three of the Truck, Busch and Cup races, so hopefully we'll have plenty of chances to pick up a couple of more trophies before the season ends this weekend. We have a good shot to finish inside the top five in points and we'll be going there this weekend with every intention of winning the race.

"This really has been one of the best seasons of my career. I just can't say enough about Pat Tryson and this whole Viagra Team. They stuck together and came back for me and while we may have come up short on a championship, their effort was 110 percent and that is something that I'll always remember. This is not only the best race team in the business, but these guys are my heros."

PAT TRYSON

"We are going to go there looking for another win. We are going to get in a lot of laps this weekend, running in all three races and Mark really knows how to get around at Homestead, so it's our plan to go there and solidify ourselves in the top-five in points and pick up another win for the Viagra Team before the season comes to an end."

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