Kansas: Mark Martin preview

CHASSIS CHOICE: Gustafson has chosen Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-523 for Sunday's race at Kansas. This chassis has been used three times this season with a best finish of fourth at Auto Club Speedway in February. In June 2009, chassis 5-523...

CHASSIS CHOICE: Gustafson has chosen Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-523 for Sunday's race at Kansas. This chassis has been used three times this season with a best finish of fourth at Auto Club Speedway in February. In June 2009, chassis 5-523 took the checkers at Michigan International Speedway.

CONGRATULATIONS: Dion "Rocko" Williams, rear-tire carrier on the GoDaddy.com team, and his wife Jamiyla welcomed their third child, a son, Tyson Nikko, to their family on Monday.

MARK MARTIN, DRIVER, NO. 5 GODADDY.COM CHEVROLET (ON GODADDY.COM DONATING TO VICTORY JUNCTION.): "I'm really proud to be involved in this promotion with GoDaddy.com. Go Daddy has proven themselves to be a company that really gives back to their community, and that community includes the racing world. Victory Junction is something that all of us in NASCAR think very highly of. Hopefully the fans get behind this and register a domain name or purchase a Go Daddy product this weekend. It's a good time to do it and a portion of their money spent will go to a great cause."

MARTIN (ON THE UPCOMING RACE.): "I'm excited to get back to Kansas. I've always liked racing on the intermediate tracks. We haven't had the best results on them this year, but this team really improved on things last week in Dover. The car was pretty good right off the truck and that's what we need more of this year. I've said before that this team is working harder than they ever have before. We're determined to turn our results around. Last weekend showed improvement and we need to keep building on that."

ALAN GUSTAFSON, CREW CHIEF, NO. 5 GODADDY.COM CHEVROLET (ON KANSAS SPEEDWAY.): "To be good at Kansas, it's a lot like other tracks. The car has to carry a lot of speed through the center of the corner and exiting the corner well. Turn 2 is difficult because you can be tight or loose. Our car has been both at Kansas. Usually with the new car you're loose on exit, so we'll battle that. In Turns 3 and 4, the car has to get through the center well. Exiting Turn 4 is difficult with the way the wall is and the way the track loads. It's similar to Chicagoland (Speedway), but the lack of banking changes Kansas a little bit. There are multiple grooves there now which makes it a cool race. The car has to be able to move around and run the top and the bottom to win. Nobody will be good enough to be in one spot, especially over long green-flag runs, which are pretty common at Kansas."

GUSTAFSON (ON HIS VISITS TO VICTORY JUNCTION.): "It's a wonderful place. It has such a positive energy to it. The whole reason for its existence is to bring positivity into families' lives. The most amazing thing about it is that it's offered in really adverse times, and the camp is able to make that environment so positive and pleasant that children in those tough situations can enjoy that and have fun and be happy. The camp is only about having fun. I have a huge amount of respect for the Petty family for Victory Junction. I know that the racing community has really embraced the camp, and we feel like it's something that's very near and dear to us. We all want to support it, keep it going and help expand it. And to do that takes money -- a lot of money. That's tough right now. There are people who are struggling to live their lives, let alone being able to contribute to that. So it's really nice that Go Daddy is donating to them. It's a company that is doing well, and they're paying it back to a great place. It's very special. I'm proud that they're doing this and think it says a lot about them and how they give back. There's no better place for them to do that in racing than at Victory Junction."

-source: hendrick motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Mark Martin
Teams Williams , Hendrick Motorsports