Phoenix: Mark Martin preview

MARTIN, NO. 6 VIAGRA TEAM MOVE ON TO PHOENIX Martin and the Viagra* Team are coming off a tough finish in Texas, where Martin finished 20th, despite running as high as fourth late in the race. The team will look to rebound at a track where...

MARTIN, NO. 6 VIAGRA TEAM MOVE ON TO PHOENIX

Martin and the Viagra* Team are coming off a tough finish in Texas, where Martin finished 20th, despite running as high as fourth late in the race. The team will look to rebound at a track where Martin has finishedf in the top 10 in 76 percent of his races.

Chassis Number: (RK-274) - The team will run RK-247 this weekend at Texas. RK-247 is a new car that will be making its first run. The team will run RK-274 this weekend at Phoenix. RK-247 is the same car Martin finished third with at Martinsville two weeks ago.

Worthy Note: Martin won in Phoenix on Halloween of 1993 and has finishes second or better in six of 17 races at Phoenix..

IN THE POINTS

Martin is currenlty seventh in the Nextel Cup point standings, only one point out of of sixth and just 23 points behind third. He currenlty trails first place by 260 points, moving into the eighth race of the season.

MARTIN AT PHOENIX

Martin has posted top-10 finishes in 13 of his 17 Cup races at Phoenix. Martin won there in 1993 and has finished inside the top 10 in 11 of his last 13 starts there. In addition he boasts eight top-five finishes, including five second-place runs.

THE RETURN OF WHITE LIGHTNING

For the first time of the "Salute Tour," Martin and the Viagra* Team will run the special 'reverse' night scheme this weekend at Phoenix, in this year's first night race of the season.

MIXING THINGS UP

This will be Martin's 18th Cup race at Phoenix, but it's the first Spring Nextel Cup race at Phoenix. Phoenix International Raceway was awarded a second race for the first time this season. The series will return to Phoenix later this year in November.

MARKMARTINSALUTE.COM LAUNCHES

Mark Martin will make his final run at the Nextel Cup title in 2005. Martin has dubbed 2005 as his "Salute to You" tour, a year in which he hopes to take the time to thank each and everyone that he feels played a role in his success, including team members, fans, NASCAR and the media.

QUOTING MARK AND PAT --ON PHOENIX

"Phoenix is a great race track. It's set up a little different on each end, but ultimately the key is getting through those corners faster than everyone else. We've had pretty good success there over the years and we are looking forward to getting back out there and hopefully competing for the win. We had a tough run last week at Texas and we are itching to get back out there and get that one out of our systems. The guys were great in the pits last week and if we can keep that kind of performance up, then we should be really competitive in a lot of races this season.

"It's always good to get back out west. They have very loyal fans out there and they always seem to enjoy having us out there, so hopefully we can take the "Salute Tour" out there and give those guys something to cheer about."

PAT TRYSON

"We are excited about going out to Phoenix. We ran okay there last fall, but not as good as we would have liked. Hopefully we've learned a little and we can go back out there this year and be a contender to win the race. Last week didn't go the way we had planned, but hopefully we'll rebound with a strong run this weekend."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Mark Martin