Texas: Mark Martin preview

MARTIN RETURNS TO THE No. 8 U.S. ARMY Car AT TEXAS After taking races off at Bristol and Martinsville, Martin returns to action this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway for his fifth Sprint Cup start of the season. MARTIN AT TEXAS Martin will...

MARTIN RETURNS TO THE No. 8 U.S. ARMY Car AT TEXAS

After taking races off at Bristol and Martinsville, Martin returns to action this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway for his fifth Sprint Cup start of the season.

MARTIN AT TEXAS

Martin will make his 14th start at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend, where he won the second race in 1998. He has five top fives and seven top-10 finishes in the Cup Series at Texas. Martin finished third in this race last season. Martin has completed 92.9 percent of the Cup laps at Texas and has led in seven of 14 races. In addition, Martin has won three times in eight starts in the Nationwide Series at Texas, including the inaugural event in 1997.

MARTIN TO BE INDUCTED INTO THE TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY HALL OF FAME

For his accomplishments at Texas Motor Speedway, Martin will be inducted into the Texas Motor Speedway Hall of Fame this week. Martin has a total of five wins, nine top-fives and 11 top-10 finishes in NASCAR racing at Texas Motor Speedway.

THE VETERAN AND THE ROOKIE SOLID TEAMWORK

Martin will return to the No. 8 U.S. Army Chevrolet this weekend, after giving way to rookie Aric Almirola at the last two races. The veteran will have his work cut out for him, as Almirola posted a top-10 finish at Bristol and a top-three qualifying effort at Martinsville last weekend. Martin will pilot the car at Texas and Phoenix, before giving the wheel back to Almirola at Talladega.

LOOKING AT THE POINTS

While neither Martin nor Almirola are contending for a Sprint Cup driver Championship, the No. 8 U.S. Army team accumulates points each week as with any other team. The No. 8 team peaked after Bristol at 15th, just three spots out of the coveted top 12. A punctured radiator at Bristol helped knock the team back to 22nd position, where they sit going into this weekend's event at Texas.

MARK:

"I'm looking forward to going to Texas and getting back out on the racetrack. I've really enjoyed having a couple of races off and getting to watch the races at home on television, but I am definitely ready to get back out on the race track with Tony Gibson and this U.S. Army Race Team. These guys are a pleasure to work with and I can't wait to see what we can do in Texas this weekend.

"Aric (Almirola) did a great job driving the car the last two races. He is an extremely talented race car driver and I think the results speak for themselves. He had a top 10 at Bristol and turned around and qualified third at Martinsville. I'm really going to have to make sure I'm on my game to live up to my end of the equation with as well as Aric has run."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Aric Almirola , Mark Martin