Talladega II: Mark Martin preview

Martin Looks To Stay in The Game at Talladega Fresh off a strong second-place run at Dover, Mark Martin and the Viagra Racing Team will look to build on their success and continue their upward movement in the Chase with a strong run at Talladega...

Martin Looks To Stay in The Game at Talladega

Fresh off a strong second-place run at Dover, Mark Martin and the Viagra Racing Team will look to build on their success and continue their upward movement in the Chase with a strong run at Talladega this weekend.

Chassis Number: (RK-125) - The team will run RK-125 this weekend at Talladega. RK-125 is the same car Martin used to finish sixth with at Talladega in the spring. The car finished fourth in the Twin-125's at Daytona and looked to be strong in the Daytona 500, before early mechanical problems.

Worthy Note: Martin's 33 top-10 finishes at restrictor plate races are the most ever.

THE RACE FOR THE NEXTEL CUP - MARTIN IN TIE FOR FOURTH WITH EIGHT TO GO

Martin's second-place run continued his upward movement in the Chase. Martin is currenlty in a tie for fourth place, 57 points outside of first. Martin is tied with Jimmie Johnson, but behind in the tie-breaker due to number of wins this season.

BREAKING DOWN THE CHASE

Martin has won on seven of the 10 tracks that will decide the winner of the Nextel Cup. In fact Martin has multiple wins at four of the eight tracks remaining, including two wins at Talladega. Martin has combined for 12 wins, 70 top-fives, 115 top-10's and 10 poles in 211 starts at the remaining eight tracks. Martin has finished in the top 10 in 55 percent of his starts at those tracks.

MARTIN AT TALLADEGA

Martin has earned two victories (4/30/95 and 4/10/97) at Talladega, where he has also posted 11 top-five and 21 top-10 finishes. In addition Martin has earned two poles at the track, both coming in 1989. In 2002, Martin was inducted into the Talladega Walk of Fame for his on-track accomplishments at the 'worlds fastest superspeedway.'

UN-RESTRICTED

This will be the final of four restrictor-plate races in 2004. Despite not being a fan of restrictor-plate racing, Martin has posted top 10's in 49 percent of the 67 restrictor plate races. His 33 top-10's are the most ever.

ON A ROLL

The Viagra Team has been strong as of late, having finished top five in six of the last nine and five of the last seven races. In fact, Martin has posted nine of his 13 top-10 and all but one of his eight top-five finishes after June 6. Furthermore, no driver has scored more points in the last six races than Martin, who's climed from 15th to fifth in the last seven races.

QUOTING MARK AND PAT ON TALLADEGA

"Talladega could be the wildcard in the Chase. You really can't control what goes on there, and our goal is to not wreck, avoid the 'big one' and try to get a high finish. We know that we don't have a good enough car to drive to the front and stay there, so we'll be in that pack moving around all day - front to back, back to front. We finished fifth and sixth in the two restrictor -plate races that we've finished and I hope we can do that good again. Hopefully we can just get through this week and move on to Kansas where we should be strong.

"Pat and the team continue to do a great job. We've continued to have very fast race cars, and the team enjoyed one of its best days in the pits last Sunday at Dover. We've come a long way since Daytona and we are just going to have to keep fighting and see what happens down the road. It's been a great ride the last couple of months and we aren't ready for that to end just yet."

PAT TRYSON

"Talladega is a tough race in that so much can happen and there is very little that you can do to contol it. Mark is a great drafter and he always does a good job of getting to the front . Hopefully we can give him a good enough car to do that this Sunday and with a little luck maybe we can get out of there with a good finish. We are taking the same car that we finsihed sixth with in April, so hopefully we can bring another top 10."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jimmie Johnson , Mark Martin