Watkins Glen: Mark Martin preview

Road course veteran Martin ready another shot at The Glen CONCORD, N.C. (August 11, 2004) - Mark Martin and the Viagra (sildenafil citrate)Racing Team will be looking for their second victory of 2004 when the NASCAR circuit pays visit to Watkins...

Road course veteran Martin ready another shot at The Glen

CONCORD, N.C. (August 11, 2004) - Mark Martin and the Viagra (sildenafil citrate)Racing Team will be looking for their second victory of 2004 when the NASCAR circuit pays visit to Watkins Glen International for the second and final road course race of the season.

"I love road racing," said Martin. "I grew up learning how to drive and race on the winding, curvy dirt roads of Arkansas and road racing is a lot like that. The only difference is the roads are paved, the cars are a lot faster and the competition is a whole lot steeper. It kind of takes you back to your roots in racing and it's a good test of a driver," added Martin.

"We are taking the same car that we ran at Sonoma (8th place) and Watkins Glen last year (10th)," said Martin. "The car's been really fast in practice and qualifying, but we've struggled with it getting too tight during the race. We tested with the car at Road Atlanta a couple of weeks ago and hopefully we won't make the same mistake we made the last two times."

Martin has finished inside the top 10 in 14 of his 16 races at Watkins Glen - the most of any driver. In addition his 11 top-five finishes are the most of any driver. Martin has won three times at Watkins Glen ('93, '94, '95), with all three wins coming from the pole. The three wins are the second most in track history, and the 204 laps led at Watkins Glen by Martin are the most ever. In 16 races at The Glen, Martin has a 6.375 average finish, the highest of any driver.

In addition, Martin's 13 top-ten finishes at Sonoma, the series other road course, are the most of any driver. Over all Martin has 28 top-10 finishes in Cup road races, which is also the most of any active driver. His four wins on road courses are the ninth most and his four poles tie for the eighth most.

"I just enjoy the road courses," said Martin. "We've had a lot of success on those type of tracks. They are fun to race on and a lot is in the hand of the driver, so it's always a challenge."

"This team has been through a lot this year - including what happened last week with the tire on the last lap - but we are going to keep moving forward and fighting our way to the finish," said Martin. "We still have a lot of good runs left in us and perhaps another win or two. Nothing would be better than getting one this weekend at The Glen."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Mark Martin