Scotts, Miracle-Gro to sponsor Mark Martin, David Ragan in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series for 2006 CONCORD, N.C.- Roush Racing announced today that The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company will be the primary sponsor for the No. 6 Ford F-150 driven by...
Scotts, Miracle-Gro to sponsor Mark Martin, David Ragan in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series for 2006
CONCORD, N.C.- Roush Racing announced today that The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company will be the primary sponsor for the No. 6 Ford F-150 driven by Mark Martin and David Ragan in the 2006 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Martin will make the first start for the team at Daytona International Speedway in the Daytona 250 on February 17.
"I think it's great that two high performance teams, Scotts Miracle-Gro and Roush have teamed up in the grassroots of NASCAR to sponsor the #6 truck in the Craftsman Truck Series. We are proud to be affiliated with veteran star driver, Mark Martin, and new-comer, David Ragan," said Eugene Sung, Senior Vice President and General Manager, NA for the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company.
"NASCAR fans look forward to Daytona. The race is the symbolic start of the racing season and also of the arrival of Spring Lawn & Garden for people everywhere. It's an exciting time of year for all of us," Sung continued.
Martin and Ragan have a history that goes back to 2002, when Martin owned the Legends car that Ragan raced in the Pro-Division. Martin, who plans to compete in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series full-time in 2007, needed to select a co-driver to help campaign his No. 6 Ford F-150 in 2006. He didn't have to look far, as Roush Racing: Driver X standout Ragan had just completed a test in Roush's trucks.
"David and I have known each other for a long time," said Martin. "I've watched him advance in his career, and his progress has been remarkable. He's earned this opportunity, and I think he will make the most of it. He's quite a talent, and I'll enjoy working with him in 2006. To be a teammate to him is great, but when I had the chance to select him as my co-driver, it was an opportunity I could not pass up. It's a great opportunity for us to go out and have some fun and win races, and I'm glad to have the support and backing of Scotts Miracle-Gro, an outstanding partner of Roush for the past few years on board with us."
Neither driver is a stranger to Craftsman Truck Series competition. Martin has made three starts, the most recent of which came at Homestead in the 2005 season ending Ford 200. He has one win, at North Wilkesboro Speedway in 1996. In 10 career starts, Ragan has a career-best pair of 19th place finishes at Kentucky and Gateway.
"I'm excited about 2006," said Ragan. "To have a chance to drive for Roush Racing, to have Mark Martin as a co-driver, and to represent a great company like Scotts Miracle-Gro, this is a dream come true. Everyone knows that Roush Racing has some of the best people and equipment out there. I'm hoping that I can contribute to the success of this team, and help to compete for the owner's championship. We've got a great crew, and with Mike Beam calling the shots, we should be a very competitive team week in and week out."
About The Scotts Company
The Scotts Company is the world's largest marketer of branded consumer products for lawn and garden care, with a full range of products for professional horticulture as well. The Company owns the industry's most recognized brands. In the U.S., the Company's Scotts®, Miracle-Gro® and Ortho® brands are market leading in their categories, as is the consumer Roundup® brand, which is marketed in North America and most of Europe exclusively by Scotts and owned by Monsanto. The Company also owns Smith & Hawken, a leading brand of garden-inspired products that includes pottery, watering equipment, gardening tools, outdoor furniture and live goods. In Europe, Scotts' brands include Weedol®, Pathclear®, Evergreen®, Levington®, Miracle-Gro®, KB®, Fertiligene® and Substral®.
Roush Racing is a subsidiary of Livonia, Mich., based Roush Industries that operates 13 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, Jr. and two in the Craftsman Truck Series with Martin, David Ragan, and Erik Darnell.