Loudon: Mark Martin preview

Martin, No. 6 Team Ready to Charge into Loudon Fresh off an 'off' weekend, Martin and the Viagra Team head to Loudon were they will be looking for another strong run. Loudon is one of the few NASCAR tracks where Martin has yet to win and he'll...

Martin, No. 6 Team Ready to Charge into Loudon

Fresh off an 'off' weekend, Martin and the Viagra Team head to Loudon were they will be looking for another strong run. Loudon is one of the few NASCAR tracks where Martin has yet to win and he'll be looking for that elusive win this weekend in the New England 300.

Chassis Number: (RK-191) - The team will run RK-191 at Loudon this weekend. The car ran seventh earlier this year at Richmond and was running top five at Martinsville, before a faulty fuel line ended its chance of victory in its only other run.

Worthy Note: Martin won the first ever Cup pole at Loudon7/11/93.

IN THE POINTS

Martin is currently 15th in the Nextel Cup point race. Martin gained 18 points on 10th place at Chicago and is currenlty 138 points outside of the top 10. Martin needs to gain an average of 17.25 points per race to make it into the field's top 10 after 26 races to be eligible for the playoffs.

ON LOUDON

This will be Martin's 19th race at the 1.058-mile oval track. Martin finished inside the top 10 in 10 of his first 12 races at Loudon, but has finished 16th or worse in four straight at Loudon. Overall, Martin has scored 11 top-10 and seven top-five finishes there. He has never won at Loudon, but has finished seond on three occasions.

LOUDON NOTEABLES

Martin started his milestone 500th consecutive race at Loudon last fall. He also took the points lead there in the fall of 2002. He won the first Cup pole there in 1993 and has finished second there three times, while never winning.

QUOTING MARK AND PAT *ON LOUDON

"It might be one of the most challenging tracks that we race on. You have to be able to handle there or you could be in for a long day. You also want to qualify as good as possible, as it's not a very easy track to pass on. Basically, there are all kinds of issues that can come up, but in the end a good handling car will overcome most of the issues, so hopefully we'll have another strong car this weekend and we can put together another solid run and a good finish. The team has been great this year and all I can ask of them is to keep up the effort that they have been giving me all year."

PAT TRYSON

"After a week off, we are ready to get back out on the track. Chicago kind of left a sour taste in our mouth and we are ready to get past that one. We had a productive week getting ready for Loudon and testing at Indy so that helps things. We are taking the Richmond car to Loudon this weekend and we had a pretty good run there, so hopefully we'll continue our trend of strong runs, but this time we are looking to take home the finish that we deserve. This team is still going strong and we are just going to the track and doing what we've been doing. We've had good cars and we've been solid in the pits. We just have to keep doing that and we'll be fine."

Mark Martin Fast Facts * LOUDON


- Martin won the first NASCAR Nextel Cup Bud Pole at New Hampshire in July 1993.
- Martin started his 500th consecutive Cup race at Loudon last fall.
- Martin has never won at Loudon, but has finished second there on three occasions.
- Martin finished in the top 10 in 10 of his first 12 starts at Loudon.
- The majority of Martin's strong Loudon runs have come in the spring (six top fives and seven top 10's).

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