MARTIN NOT SLOWING DOWN JUST YET Veteran driver scheduled to run 470 laps and over 1,100 miles in busiest Speedweeks ever DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. (Feb. 10, 2006) -- Once thought to be cutting back in 2006, Roush Racing's Mark Martin finds himself...
MARTIN NOT SLOWING DOWN JUST YET
Veteran driver scheduled to run 470 laps and over 1,100 miles in busiest Speedweeks ever
DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. (Feb. 10, 2006) -- Once thought to be cutting back in 2006, Roush Racing's Mark Martin finds himself moving into what may be the busiest of his 21 career Speedweeks at Daytona International Raceway. Martin is scheduled to run a whopping 470 racing laps and well over one thousand miles during the two weeks that make up Speedweeks, and that's not even counting the 13 practice and qualifying sessions he is set to run. By the time Martin rolls into California for the second Nextel Cup race on Feb. 26, Martin will most likely have logged well over 1,000 miles of racing in 2006.
"And we were talking about slowing down," laughed Martin at Thursday's Daytona media day. "Now here we are running in five races and that's just Speedweeks. We have a lot of racing to do in next few days, but we are excited about it. I love to race and that's what we are going to do plenty of, so hopefully we can pick up a couple of more trophies.
"Daytona hasn't always been kind to us, but we have won a couple of IROC races and a Bud Shootout here, so we do know where victory lane is. Hopefully we can get back there again, especially with all of the racing we are planning to do."
Martin will get started in tomorrow night's Budweiser Shootout, where he will start his record 18th consecutive Shootout. He will qualify his AAA Ford Fusion car for the Daytona 500 the next day. He'll return to racing action on next Thursday for the Gatorade 150, before taking part in back-to-back races on Friday night when he begins his defense of last season IROC title, before making his Daytona debut in the Craftsman Truck Series where he will race is Scotts Ford F-150. Martin will be easy to find this Speedweeks as every car and truck he will racing with carry his familiar No. 6 on the side and roof.
Roush Racing is a subsidiary of Livonia, Mich., based Roush Entersprises which operates 13 motorsports teams; five in NASCAR Nextel Cup with drivers Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Jamie McMurray, Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards, six in the Busch Series with Martin, Kenseth, Biffle, Edwards, Todd Kluever and Danny O'Quinn Jr., and two in the Craftsman Truck Series with Martin, David Ragan and Erik Darnell.