Martin plans a good 2005 season

Martin Hopes To Screw it up Royally in 2005 No. 6 Team committed to strong run in Martins final year on the circuit DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. (Jan. 18, 2005) Mark Martin has plans for his last year of Nextel Cup Racing in 2005; he hopes to really mess...

Martin Hopes To Screw it up Royally in 2005
No. 6 Team committed to strong run in Martins final year on the circuit

DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. (Jan. 18, 2005) Mark Martin has plans for his last year of Nextel Cup Racing in 2005; he hopes to really mess things up in the NASCAR community. Martin, speaking to a room full of reporters during lunch at Tuesdays Daytona testing session, said he hoped to wreak some havoc on the racing world in 2005.

I think the No. 6 team will be better prepared than they were a year ago and I think that we stand a chance of really messing this whole deal up, and that would be if we could win the championship, said Martin.

That would be pretty strange to not have the champion come back and do the tour. Its my hope right now that I can screw it up royally, added Martin with a slight grin.

Martin will kick off his final bid for the Nextel Cup title in next months famed Daytona 500. The team will look to get off to a strong start to the season, before heading to California, Las Vegas and Atlanta all strong beds for Martins racing. The team enjoyed one of its most successful Speedweeks last season, posting one of the strongest cars, before suffering a disappointing setback in the 500, after losing the engine just eight laps into the race. Martin started the year in last place, but rebounded to make the top-10 in time for the Chase for the Cup, before eventually moving on to a fourth place finish in the final standings.

My hope is to go out with a season that is as good as or better than 2004, said Martin. I really believe that we can hope for a season that is better than 2004, based on what I know about Pat Tryson and the Viagra® (sildenafil citrate) team and the support we have.

I have to mention here and its very important that I acknowledge the guys that work that car because a number of them had good job opportunities that were for better conditions and more money than what they stayed to give me my last shot at a championship.

Its an honor to me, added Martin. Because I asked them to do that. I asked them to stay and it was an honor to me that they did every one of them stayed. Thats very special to me and Id like to acknowledge that and we are going to go after this thing. Nothing is going to step in front of the commitment that we have this season.

Roush Racing is a subsidiary of Livonia, Mich., based Roush Industries that operates nine motorsports teams; five in NASCAR Nextel Cup with drivers Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch, Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards; three in the Busch Series with Martin, Kenseth and Edwards, and two in the Craftsman Truck Series with drivers Ricky Craven and Todd Kluever.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Greg Biffle , Kurt Busch , Ricky Craven , Carl Edwards , Todd Kluever , Mark Martin