Race For Top-10 Heats Up With Just Two To Go Martin just 40 points outside of eighth place with races remaining at Fontana and Richmond -- Martin set to make Thursday night appearance on Wind Tunnel with Dave Despain -- CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 1,...
Race For Top-10 Heats Up With Just Two To Go
Martin just 40 points outside of eighth place with races remaining at Fontana and Richmond
-- Martin set to make Thursday night appearance on Wind Tunnel with Dave Despain --
CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 1, 2004) -- With just two races remaining in the race to make the Nextel Cup top 10, Mark Martin and the Viagra* Racing Team find themselves firmly entrenched in a multi-car battle for positions eight, nine and 10. Realistically seven cars have a shot at those three spots as the series heads into the final two races before the cut-off period. California Speedway, which will be hosting its inaugural Labor Day event, will be the first of the final two stops, with the cut-off being made after next Saturday night's race at Richmond.
"We are just going to go out and try our best to do what we've been doing," said Martin. "We've been trying to win races for as long as I've been here and we are going to keep trying to win races. We'll try our hardest at California to win we'll try just as hard at Richmond.
"But you know what, even if we don't make this top-10 thing," added Martin. "We are going to try just as hard to win the next week at Loudon and the next week at wherever we go after that. That is what we do - we try to win. Don't get me wrong, I want to be in that top-10 and I want to be able to race for the championship -- who doesn't?
"But I'll tell you the truth, no matter what happens it won't take away from what this race team has done. We've been a top-five team and we've run up front in a lot of races and I can't tell you how grateful I am for that. Pat (Tryson) and Wally Brown and all of the guys on this Viagra Team have just done an excellent job and that effort means everything to me."
With the race for 10th place at a fever pitch, Martin is currently in 12th place tied with Jeremy Mayfield with 2883 points. Martin holds the tiebreaker over Mayfield with wins accumulated in 2004. Martin is currently 35 points behind 10th place Ryan Newman, 36 points behind ninth place Bobby Labonte and 40 points behind eighth place Kevin Harvick. Martin is nine points behind 11th place Kasey Kahne. Martin is currently 10 points ahead of 15th place in a race where only 50 points separates eighth and 15th places.
Martin and the team will pull out all the stops, taking their favorite car in the stable RK-231. RK-231 is the same car that finished second two weeks ago at Michigan. The car also posted a top-five finish earlier this year at Las Vegas and had really fast runs at both Chicago and Indianapolis, where Martin was set for top-four finishes until troubles in the final laps of the races.
Martin will also be making an appearance on Wind Tunnel with Dave Despain on Thursday night. The show airs at 10 PM eastern time on Speed Channel.
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; two in the Busch Series with Martin, Kenseth and Biffle, and two in the Craftsman Truck Series with drivers Jon Wood and Edwards. For sponsorship inquiries please contact John Miller at Roush Racing at 704.720.4600.