Texas Three-Step For Martin?

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Following the first off-week of the season, the entry of Mark Martin in Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series race is the last thing his competition wants to see.

The career leader in NASCAR Busch Series wins - 47 in 207 starts - will be back on the track at Texas Motor Speedway for what he hopes will be his third series start of the season. All Martin has done in his previous two starts this year is win in back-to-back fashion at California and Las Vegas.

Then there's Martin's NASCAR Busch Series record at Texas. In four races at the 1.5-mile track, he's won three times, the most of any NASCAR Busch Series driver. Texas is one of seven active series tracks where he is the all-time winner or tied for the lead in all-time victories.

"Texas is a track I do well at because it fits my driving style and I love racing there," Martin said. "I've always done well at the 1.5-mile tracks and a lot of that is just my driving style really fits in for that kind of racing and that type of track."

Last season was the first in Martin's NASCAR Busch Series career that he did not win a race after starting more than once. He competed in five events in 2004, his first appearance in the series since his "retirement" in 2000.

In typical Martin fashion, he credits his crew chief, Pat Tryson, who also leads his NASCAR NEXTEL Cup team, for his resurgence in the NASCAR Busch Series.

"Pat and the guys have done an outstanding job with the NASCAR Busch Series program this year," he said. "It takes a good car to be able to win those races. Last year we ran some races in the NASCAR Busch Series and weren't really close to winning, so it depends on your team and the cars you have."

Martin's 2005 NASCAR Busch Series schedule has five races remaining following Texas - both events at Richmond, at Chicagoland, Kansas and Homestead-Miami. Martin has five wins at Richmond, but has yet to find Victory Lane in six tries at Homestead. He will be making his first NASCAR Busch Series appearances at Chicago and Kansas, and is batting 1.000 this season in that category following his win at California in February in his first series race there. Set to retire from NASCAR NEXTEL Cup competition after this season, Martin is as focused as ever on his racing. "I do not race for fun yet," he said. "I'm hoping to do that in the future, when I switch gears at the end of this year. I like winning races and that's why we race in any race."

Busch Qualifying will begin today at 6:05 p.m. (ET) on SPEED. Check back with RacingOne for a full report at the conclusion of the session.

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