Martin to start 17th consecutive Shootout

Martin To Start Record 17th Straight Bud Shootout at Daytona Martin will power the Kraft Guess Who's Got the Groceries No. 6 Ford in this year's all-star Shootout CONCORD, N.C. (Jan. 24, 2005) - In 1981 Mark Martin became the first rookie to...

Martin To Start Record 17th Straight Bud Shootout at Daytona
Martin will power the Kraft Guess Who's Got the Groceries No. 6 Ford in this year's all-star Shootout

CONCORD, N.C. (Jan. 24, 2005) - In 1981 Mark Martin became the first rookie to ever qualify for the Budweiser Shootout. Although it was then called the Busch Clash, Martin earned a spot in the all-star event winning his first career Cup pole in only his third career start on July 11, 1981 at Nashville International Raceway. The young driver would actually go on to capture two poles in 1981, despite running only five races. Martin would finish eighth in the 1982 Shootout.

This year Martin will run his 18th Budweiser Shootout and his 17th consecutive. The veteran driver, who will walk away from the Nextel Cup series full-time schedule at the end of the season, has amassed 41 career poles - a large reason for his 18 Shootout starts. He'll start this year's Shootout via a former winner's provisional, a right he earned when he held off Ken Schrader to win the 1999 Shootout.

After the 1982 Shootout, Martin did not compete in the event again until 1989, but the veteran driver has not missed the event since.

Last season, Martin had his best finish since winning the event in '99, with a fourth-place run in the Shootout. In 2003, he finished 17th after a late gamble failed to pay off for the No. 6 Kraft car. He finished 12th three years ago and eighth in 2001.

For the fourth year in a row the team will run a special Kraft Foods paint scheme in the Shootout. The event is once again slated as a night-time event, set for Feb. 12, 2005.

"The Shootout is always a fun event," said Martin. "We'll be driving the Oscar Mayer/Team Kraft car again this year and it's always fun for the fans to run different paint schemes and stuff.

"As for the race you just never know in the Shootout. Basically you go out and look to win an event like the Shootout. Last year we gambled a bit to get up front and in the end it didn't pay off. But the bottom line is that second place is no better than 17th or 18th in the Shootout, so it's not uncommon to see teams go for it all. This year we are going to go out and try and win it again like we did in '99. Hopefully we can have those type of results. You just never know in that race."

Roush Racing is a subsidiary of Livonia, Mich., based Roush Industries that operates 10 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 , Ken Schrader , Greg Biffle , Kurt Busch , Ricky Craven , Carl Edwards , Todd Kluever , Mark Martin