MARK MARTIN AND NO. 6 TEAM LOOK TO CARRY MOMENTUM INTO CHICAGOLAND SPEEDWAY

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Martin heads into Chicagoland on a roll, having scored two straight top-10 finishes. The team will look to carry that momentum into Chicago, as they continue to fight their way towards the Nextel Cup top 10.

Click here for information about the July 9-11 NASCAR weekend at Chicagoland Speedway.

Chassis Number: (RK-231) - The team will run RK-231 this week at Chicagoland. RK-231 finished fifth earlier this year at Las Vegas. It also had a strong run at Pocono, before engine troubles ended its day early. Roush teammate Jeff Burton scored a 13th finish with the car at Michigan.

CHICAGOLAND SPEEDWAY:
Starts: 3
Wins: 0
Top 5's: 0
Top 10's: 2
Poles: 0
Highest finish: 6th(7/010
First time: 7/15/01 (6th)
Last time: 7/13/03(14th)

Worthy Note: Martin has an average finish of 10th in three races at Chicagoland.

IN THE POINTS...
Saturday night's sixth-place finish at Daytona moved Martin up another spot to 14th in the Nextel Cup point standings, 156 points outside of the top 10 and only 45 points behind 11th. Martin has now posted two straight top-10 runs in two weeks and gained 49 points on 10th place in the last two outings. Martin is currently five points behind 14thplace.

SHORT HISTORY AT CHICAGOLAND...
This will be the Nextel Cup Series' fourth visit to Chicagoland Speedway, where Martin has finished inside the top 10 on two of the three previous races. Martin has an average finish of 10th at the 1.5-mile speedway, where he finished sixth in the inaugural race in 2001.

QUOTING MARK AND PAT *ON CHICAGOLAND...
"Chicagoland is a good track for us and we are looking forward to going there this weekend. The track there gets better every year. The last couple of years were a whole lot better than the first year and I think that it will be that much better this year. As the different grooves start to come in, it will continue to get better and I'm looking forward to seeing how racey it will be this weekend. Hopefully we'll have a race with a lot more passing and some good solid racing. We've run pretty good there in the past, although last year we were a little off of what we had been doing there, so hopefully we can get another solid run this weekend and see if we can't get a little closer to that top 10.

"This race team has just done a tremendous job this season. Pat and the guys have done everything that you could ask of them. We've had good cars for about 10 races in a row now and we are starting to build some momentum. We are just going to go out and continue to try and win races and see what happens, but nobody on this team knows anything about giving up."

PAT TRYSON...
"We are looking forward to going to Chicagoland this weekend. We are taking the same car that we ran at Las Vegas and Pocono, where it was strong on both occasions. The guys continue to work relentlessly on these cars and we are starting to see the payoff a little bit. We've had really good race cars for about the last two months now and things are starting to come together a little for this team. If we can stay in the races, I think we can continue to make some noise and hopefully we can get back inside the top 10 by Richmond."

Mark Martin Fast Facts * CHICAGOLAND...
- Martin finished sixth in the inaugural Nextel Cup race at Chicagoland in 2001.
- Martin has finished inside the top 10 in two of the three Cup races at Chicagoland.
- Martin has an average finish of 10th at Chicagoland.
- Martin has an average start of 14.66 at Chicagoland.
- Martin moves into the race having posted top 10 runs in his last two outings.

LAST YEAR AT CHICAGOLAND... JULY 13 * Chicagoland Speedway
Tropicana 400 * Started 13th, Finished

14th

Martin finished 14th in the Tropicana 400 after fighting for position for much of the race; battling his way back up the field after running out of fuel on lap 62. Martin started the race 13th, but with the car too "loose" to effectively drive into the corners, the No. 6 Taurus fell all the way back to 22nd by lap eight. By lap 44, Martin had moved the car back up to 17th position, before the car's handling began to reverse itself, becoming too tight to handle. Most of the field began to pit under the green flag on lap 59 and Martin had moved up to eighth position when he radioed that he was out of gas on lap 62. Martin coasted into the pits for fuel and to make adjustments to help free the car's handling, but Martin had trouble re-firing the car and in the end running out of fuel cost the team valuable track position. Martin was a lap down and running in 29th position when he returned to the field on lap 65. Martin spent the remainder of the day battling his way back up through the field, but he was never able to work his way back onto the lead lap.

ONE OF NASCAR'S ALL-TIME ELITE, MARK MARTIN...
- Martin's 34 Nextel Cup wins put him fourth on the win list among active drivers and 17th on the all-time list.
- Martin has currently started 527 straight Nextel Cup races, the third-longest current streak and the seventh-longest streak in Cup history.
- Martin's 41 Nextel Cup poles are the fifth most in Cup history.
- Martin ranks fifth all-time in the Nextel Cup point standings.
- Martin has started 583 Cup races, finishing inside the top 10 on 332 occasions, inside the top five 207 times and visiting winner's circle 34 times.
- Martin's 45 career wins in the Busch Series are a NASCAR record.
- Martin's 11 victories in IROC competition ties Dale Earnhardt for the most ever. In addition Martin has won four championships in the IROC series, including a record three straight.

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