Mark Martin and the Red Apple No. 9 Racing Team will be looking for their third Busch Series win in 2005 when they take the green flag this Friday night in the Richmond International Raceway, where Martin finished second in the Busch race in the...
Mark Martin and the Red Apple No. 9 Racing Team will be looking for their third Busch Series win in 2005 when they take the green flag this Friday night in the Richmond International Raceway, where Martin finished second in the Busch race in the spring.
The team will run RK-296 at Richmond. RK-296 is a new car making its first run.
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. Martin has posted an additional two wins this year, boosting his record total to 47. All in all Martin has run 211 Busch races, collecting 135 top-10's and 98 top-fives. 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 5,232 laps in the series.
ON THE POLE
Martin won his career 28th career pole last month at Richmond. The pole tied for the most career poles ever in the Busch Series.
This will be Martin's first run in the Busch Series at Kansas. Martin has four runs in the Nextel Cup Series at Kansas, posting a 17.7 average finish and a sixth-place run in the inaugural race there in 2001.
RECORD 47 CAREER VICTORIES
Martin will be going for his record-extending 48th 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 came in March at Las Vegas. It was Martin's second Busch win of the season. 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.
BUSCH IN 2005
This will be the seventh of eight scheduled Busch starts for Martin in 2005. Martin will make his final Busch start of the season in the finale at Homestead in November.
QUOTING MARK ON THE BUSCH RACE AT KANSAS
"We had a good test there a couple of weeks ago in the Busch car and we are looking forward to going out and running the race. Pat (Tryson) and the entire Busch Team have done a great job this season and we'll be gunning for win number three this weekend."
QUOTING PAT TRYSON
"We are taking a new car this weekend that we haven't run this season. We tested at Kansas two weeks ago and liked the car so hopefully we'll be able to put the Pennzoil No. 9 car in victory lane for the third time. We've been really good on the 1.5's this year so hopefully we'll be able to do it again."