MARTIN ADDS SEVEN MORE TRUCK RACES TO 2006 SCHEDULE Martin will look to run 14 total Craftsman Truck Series Races in 2006; 63 races overall CONCORD, N.C. (March 15, 2006) -- Mark Martin and Roush Racing have decided to add an additional seven...
MARTIN ADDS SEVEN MORE TRUCK RACES TO 2006 SCHEDULE
Martin will look to run 14 total Craftsman Truck Series Races in 2006; 63 races overall
CONCORD, N.C. (March 15, 2006) -- Mark Martin and Roush Racing have decided to add an additional seven races to Martin's 2006 Craftsman Truck Series schedule. Martin, who boasts two victories in the first three races of the season, will now run a total of 14 races in the Scotts Miracle-Gro Ford F-150 this season.
"We are excited about it," said Martin. "It's been a blast driving the Scotts F-150. I've said for a long time that I believe that the Truck Series has the best racing in all of NASCAR and we've had a lot of fun doing it. We've kind of come out and set the bar high -- winning the first two -- but I'm telling you that the competition is really good in that series and it's a big challenge to go out and take on those guys every week.
"I'm excited to run a few more and I'm excited to be able to drive for Scotts for over half of the season," added Martin. "Hopefully we'll be able to go out and get a few more wins and give everyone something to cheer about with the No. 6 truck."
Martin was originally scheduled to run only seven events in the truck, but will now add races at both Martinsville events, Dover, Bristol, Loudon, Talladega and Phoenix, bringing his total to 14. Combined with his efforts in Nextel Cup, Busch and IROC, Martin is now scheduled to run a total of 63 races in this his encore 'Salute to You Tour' season.
Roush newcomer David Ragan will also increase his schedule, adding events in the No. 50 Ford F-150. Ragan will drive the No. 6 Scotts Ford in the other 11 races of 2006, when Martin is not competing. Roush will enter Ragan in additional events to allow him more seat time and experience. Ragan made his first start of 2006 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, and will compete in the No. 50 again at Martinsville Speedway on April 1. Sponsorship opportunities still exist for the No. 50 team.
Roush Racing is a subsidiary of Livonia, Mich., based Roush Entersprises which operates 14 motorsports teams; five in NASCAR Nextel Cup with drivers Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Jamie McMurray, Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards, six in the Busch Series with Martin, Kenseth, Biffle, Edwards, Todd Kluever and Danny O'Quinn, and three in the Craftsman Truck Series with Martin, Ragan and Erik Darnell.
<pre> MARTIN'S 2006 CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SCHEDULE 2/17/2006 Daytona International Speedway (won) 2/24/2006 California Speedway (won) 3/17/2006 Atlanta Motor Speedway 4/1/2006 Martinsville Speedway 5/19/2006 Lowe's Motor Speedway 6/2/2006 Dover International Speedway 6/17/2006 Michigan International Speedway 8/23/2006 Bristol Motor Speedway 9/16/2006 New Hampshire Int'l Speedway 10/7/2006 Talladega Superspeedway 10/21/2006 Martinsville Speedway 10/28/2006 Atlanta Motor Speedway 11/10/2006 Phoenix International Raceway 11/17/2006 Homestead-Miami Speedway