Martinsville II: Casey Mears race report

Mears completes Chapter Two at Martinsville MARTINSVILLE, Va. (October 19, 2003) --- Earlier this season, rookie Casey Mears barely survived his first career race at Martinsville Speedway. Sunday during the Subway 500, Mears completed chapter...

Mears completes Chapter Two at Martinsville

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (October 19, 2003) --- Earlier this season, rookie Casey Mears barely survived his first career race at Martinsville Speedway. Sunday during the Subway 500, Mears completed chapter two of his education at the shortest track on the NASCAR Winston Cup circuit.

After finishing in 36th place during his first attempt at Martinsville, Mears and Team Target were expecting another survival race on Sunday. But, now that Mears has 31 races under his belt this season, he has picked up quite an education and is putting it to use.

During Sunday's Subway 500, Mears avoided all of the 14 cautions (three that were right in front of him), he kept his No. 41 Target Dodge on the lead lap, and Team Target eventually took the checkered flag in 17th place.

"I was pretty happy with it, really, to come home 17th at Martinsville," Mears said after the race. "The last time I looked like I wasn't supposed to be here at all. I feel a lot better. We made big gains from last time to this time. That's what we need to do, is just keep making those gains and if we improve as much as we did this time, next time around we'll be in contention to run real well, in the top-10."

"Everybody on the Target pit crew did a great job," Mears continued. "We gained spots in the pit every time. It was a good solid run and who would have thought that it would have been here at Martinsville."

Mears remains 34th in NASCAR Championship points. Ganassi teammates Jamie McMurray and Sterling Marlin finished eighth and 17th respectively.

Team Target races at Atlanta Motor Speedway next weekend. The Georgia 500 will be broadcast live on NBC television and PRN radio on October 26th.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Sterling Marlin , Casey Mears , Jamie McMurray