Mark Martin Texas Preview

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No. 55 AARON’S/BEST OF THE BEST TOYOTA

TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY PREVIEW


American Muscle

CORNELIUS, N.C. — No. 55 Aaron’s/Best of the Best Toyota driver Mark Martin quickly points out three reasons why he likes Texas Motor Speedway. The 1998 Sprint Cup race winner and three-time Nationwide winner says Texas is one of his favorite stops on the NASCAR circuit. The Michael Waltrip Racing driver hopes to improve upon the No. 55’s ninth place in the 2012 owner standings.

Why Mark Martin likes Texas Motor Speedway:

1.         WINNING

“Texas Motor Speedway is the site of a lot of great success for me. I think we’ve won a race and finished in the top five seven times. We blew up the first year leading the race and Jeff Burton went and got his first win. Then the next year (1998) we got the win. I’ve won three Nationwide races there. It’s an absolutely great place to race and man is it fast!”

2.         FAN SUPPORT

“Texas Motor Speedway is about 450 miles from my hometown of Batesville, Arkansas. I’ve had a stronger fan following there than anywhere else. Sure I listen in driver introductions when the fans cheer or boo, but I really notice the fans in general throughout the weekend. They are pretty vocal. Since it isn’t that far from Batesville it’s one of the places where my fans go. Texas and Kansas are probably the two places where I see or hear from most of my fans. That’s always a great feeling.”

3.         PROMOTION

“I just really salute everyone at Texas Motor Speedway for furthering our sport. It is a venue we can all be extremely proud of. They might not have hit the nail on the head coming out of the gate all those years ago but they sure have fixed it. It’s a track we need to keep going to. I’m proud of Texas Motor Speedway. That’s one thing about Bruton Smith. He puts the money into the facility. It’s not all about taking it back out. I have to respect that. Putting money in the facility makes it better to race on, race at, and a better experience for fans.”

NOTES

·     CAREER: Click here for Martin’s career stats.

·          BEST OF THE BEST:  The No. 55 carries a special paint scheme this weekend celebrating Aaron’s 2011 Best of the Best employees, divisions, regions, stores and franchises. All are from Texas. Winners, based on operational results for the 2011 calendar year and appearing on the No. 55, include:

·        Division of the Year                    Dave Buck – Southwestern Division (Houston, Tex.)

·        Franchise Division of the Year     Wallace Vernon / Tom Blassingame / Charles Hollinger   – Bear Rental Purchase (Killeen, Tex.)

·        Region of the Year – Company     Ryan Malone – South Texas (Corpus Christi, Tex.)

·        Region of the Year – Franchise   David Foster – Alliance North (Decatur, Tex.)

·        Store of the Year – Company      Joe Borrego – C1024 (Odessa, Tex.)

·        Store of the Year – Franchise      Joey Dolberry – F684 (Early, Tex.)

·          APPEARANCE: Martin will appear for 15 minutes at Aaron’s Corporate Display at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday at 3:40 p.m.

·          CHASSIS: Primary 729 – Backup 708 – Neither has raced in 2012.

·     MWR IN POINTS:  All three MWR cars are in the top-10 in the 2012 owner standings. Martin Truex Jr.’s No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota is tied for third, No. 55 is ninth and Clint Bowyer’s No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota is tenth.

·              TELEVISION SCHEDULE

Date                             Thursday                     April 12

Practice                        4:30 p.m.                      SPEED

Date                             Friday                           April 13

Practice                         3:00 p.m.                     SPEED

Qual                             6:30 p.m.                      SPEED

Date                             Saturday                       April 14

Race                            7:00 p.m.                       Fox

·              DRIVER SCHEDULE:

Apr. 22             Kansas – Martin

Apr. 28             Richmond – Martin

May 6               Talladega – Michael Waltrip

May 12             Darlington – Martin

May 19             All Star Race- Martin

May 27             Charlotte – Martin

June 3              Dover – Martin

June 10            Pocono – Martin

June 17            Michigan – Martin

June 24            Infineon – Brian Vickers

June 30            Kentucky – Waltrip

July 7               Daytona – Waltrip

July 15             New Hampshire – Vickers

July 29             Indianapolis – Martin

Aug. 5              Pocono – Martin

Aug. 12            Watkins Glen – Vickers

Aug. 19            Michigan – Martin

Aug. 25            Bristol – Vickers

Sept. 2             Atlanta – Martin

Sept. 8             Richmond – Martin

Sept. 16           Chicago – Martin

Sept. 23           New Hampshire – Vickers

Sept. 30           Dover – Martin

Oct. 7               Talladega – Waltrip

Oct. 13             Charlotte – Martin

Oct. 21             Kansas – Martin

Oct. 28             Martinsville- Vickers

Nov. 4              Texas – Martin

Nov. 11            Phoenix – Martin

Nov. 18            Homestead – Martin


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