MARK MARTIN FAST FACTS -- Stater Bros 300, Feb. 26th CALIFORNIA SPEEDWAY (2.0 MILES, 150 LAPS) MARTIN TO KICK OFF 2005 BUSCH SEASON AT FONTANA Martin will make his first of eight scheduled 2005 Busch races this weekend at Fontana. Martin, who...
MARK MARTIN FAST FACTS -- Stater Bros 300, Feb. 26th
CALIFORNIA SPEEDWAY (2.0 MILES, 150 LAPS)
MARTIN TO KICK OFF 2005 BUSCH SEASON AT FONTANA
Martin will make his first of eight scheduled 2005 Busch races this weekend at Fontana. Martin, who will drive the Pennxoil Plantinum Ultimate Protection Ford in seven of the eight races this season, will be looking for his record extending 46th series win this weekend.
Chassis Number: (RK-292) - The team will run RK-292 this weekend at Fontana. RK-292 is brand new car, built for this season.
IN THE BUSCH SERIES
Martin made a name for himself in the Busch Series, taking a series record 45 checkered-flags from 1987 until he 'retired' from the series in 2000. All in all Martin has run 205 Busch races, collecting 130 top-10 and 94 top-five finishes. Martin has won 22 percent of all the Busch races he's entered and finished inside the top 10 sixty-four percent of the time. Martin has led 5,083 laps in the series.
RETURN TO THE SERIES
Martin made his return to the Busch Sereis last season, running five races with four top-10 finishes and one top five.
NEW LOOK FOR NO. 9 TEAM
The No. 9 Pennzoil team will have a new look this year with No. 6 Viagra Cup team crew chief Pat Tryson at the helm. Drew Blickensderfer will serve as car chief on the operation. The car will sport a new 'Platinium' look as well.
FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING
This will be Martin's first Busch race at California Speedway.
RECORD 45 CAREER VICTORIES
Martin will be going for his record-extending 46th win in the Busch Series. Martin's first win in the Busch Series came on May 30, 1987 at Dover. His last win in a Busch car was on Sept. 2, 2000 at Darlington. Despite running a limited schedule of 15 races or less, Martin won at least two Busch races each year from 1993-2000, including six-win seasons in '92, '96, '97 and '99.
PENNZOIL AND ROUSH
Pennzoil first sponsored Jack Roush in the 1960's, when the former Ford Motor Company engineer was a driver himself. This season Pennzoil is proud to once again team up with Jack Roush as sponsor of all five 2005 Roush Racing Nextel Cup teams as well as the NASCAR Busch Series Pennzoil No. 9 Team. Martin will run seven races this season in the No. 9 Pennzoil Platinium Ultimate Protection Ford, with Matt Kenseth running two (Charlotte 2, Texas 2).
QUOTING MARK ON THE BUSCH RACE AT FONTANA
"We've been really good on that track in the Cup car the last few times and we are looking forward to running at Fontana with the No. 9 Pennzoil car this weekend. I'm very happy to have Pat (Tryson) in charge of that program this season. The guys in the shop have worked really hard on getting ready for this weekend and we'll be looking to get Pennzoil a win come Saturday."
QUOTING CREW CHIEF PAT TRYSON
"I'm really glad that we are a part of the Busch program this year. It gives us a great opportunity just to go out and do some good racing with Mark and hopefully it'll give us a chance to go to victory lane a couple of more times this season."
Mark Martin Fast Facts -- FONTANA BUSCH RACE
* This will be Martin's first start in a Busch race at California Speedway.
* Martin has 130 top 10 and 94 top-five career finishes in the Busch Series.
* Martin has finished in the top 10 in four of five Busch races last season.
* Martin will be going for his Busch Series record extending 46th win in the series this weekend at Fontana.