Martin Tests Truck At Homestead

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CONCORD, N.C. – Roush Racing teammates Mark Martin and Todd Kluever spent two days this week testing their Ford F-150s at Homestead-Miami Speedway in preparation for next month's race. Martin drove a brand new truck which he will race there in November and Kluever piloted a Ford R&D truck. Both drivers felt the two days were very beneficial for their programs.

"I had a great time testing the truck," Martin said. "Roush built a great truck for me to race at Homestead and this is an opportunity for us to get a head start on our program for next year. I plan to run about a half-dozen truck races in 2006 so I want to be ahead of the game. We figured out quite a bit and the truck was pretty fast. I'm pleased with what we've got."

Kluever did not turn as many laps as Martin, but also felt the test would be helpful when they return to south Florida next month.

"I didn't run nearly as much as Mark, but watching him and listening to him was very valuable," Kluever said. "The things he learned from testing his new truck will carry over to my No. 50 truck as well. Mark is going to be tough to beat at Homestead, but I think we'll be every bit as competitive based on what we learned here. It was really cool to be able to spend two days testing with him. He has so much experience and knowledge that he is willing to share with me. It's a huge benefit for me."

The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season finale will be at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday evening, November 18.

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