Mark Martin test at Kentucky Speedway notes

Martin works to change racing luck with Kentucky Speedway test SPARTA, KY. - Just six day's prior to St. Patrick's Day, Mark Martin and the No. 6 Roush Racing NASCAR Winston Cup Series Pfizer Ford Team worked to change its racing luck with a ...

Martin works to change racing luck with Kentucky Speedway test

SPARTA, KY. - Just six day's prior to St. Patrick's Day, Mark Martin and the No. 6 Roush Racing NASCAR Winston Cup Series Pfizer Ford Team worked to change its racing luck with a one-day test at Kentucky Speedway today.

The 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup Series runner-up began the season with a fifth-place finish at Daytona and seventh-place finish at Rockingham before falling on hard times as engine troubles forced a 43rd-place finish in Las Vegas and a 42nd-place showing in Atlanta.

Martin's recent hard luck caused him to slip from a season-high fourth in the series points standings to an uncharacteristic 25th.

"We're disappointed, we were off to a really good start," Martin said. "The problems we had were not of our own doing, so we'll continue to do the best that we can. The things we can't control we have to try to deal with, and the things we can control, we'll have to try to do a better job than everyone else."

Martin shook down his No. 6 Viagra machine to research shocks, springs and other elements of his set-ups.

"We're just exercising all the adjustment tools that we use," he added.

The circuit's stop this week in Darlington may hold the change Martin seeks. In 33 career starts at "the track too tough to tame," the veteran owns one win and a total of 13 top-five and 20 top-10 finishes. Martin qualified second and finished 11th in his previous Darlington start last September.

NASCAR Winston Cup testing continues at Kentucky Speedway tomorrow when Evernham Motorsports drivers Bill Elliott and Jeremy Mayfield join MB2 Motorsports driver Jerry Nadeau.

Kentucky Speedway opens May 9-10 with the return of the ARCA RE/MAX Series for the "Channel 5-205" and an autograph session with NASCAR Winston Cup Series stars. Racing continues June 13-14 when the NASCAR Busch Series convenes to contest "The Meijer 300" and the NASCAR Kodak Southeast Elite Series runs "The Kentucky 150." The July 11-12 weekend features the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series "Kentucky 225" and NASCAR Goody's Dash Series "Kentucky 150." The Indy Racing League Indy Car Series will provide the season finale August 16-17 with "The Belterra Casino Indy 300" and Indy Racing Infiniti Pro Series "Kentucky 100."

Both season and single-event tickets for 2003 Kentucky Speedway race events are on sale now. Fans can purchase tickets in the following ways:

* By phone at 1-888-652-RACE (single-event) or 859-578-2300 (season)

* Online at www.kentuckyspeedway.com or www.Tickets.com

* At the Kentucky Speedway corporate office at 2216 Dixie Hwy., Suite 200, in Ft. Mitchell, Ky. or the speedway's Fan Center, off of Hwy. 35, in Sparta, Ky.

* Through Tickets.com retail outlets located at the Cincinnati Visitor's Center and in select Meijer stores and supercenters, Play-It-Again Sports and Hader Hardware locations.

Tickets.com facilitates Kentucky Speedway single-event ticket and Reserved RV camping pass sales to local clients and race fans. A complete list of retail locations is available online at www.Tickets.com, or www.kentuckyspeedway.com and by phone at 1-888-652-RACE. Tickets.com service fees will apply to all outlet, phone and Internet orders.

- Kentucky Speedway -

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bill Elliott , Jeremy Mayfield , Jerry Nadeau , Mark Martin