Iseason Preview:/I 6 Mark Martin

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Driver: Mark Martin
No.: 6
Team: Roush Racing
Sponsor: AAA
Make: Ford

2005 Rear View Mirror
Points: 4th
Wins: 1 (Kansas)
Poles: 0
Top 5's: 12
Top 10's: 19

It's deja vu in 2006 for Martin, Roush Racing and his legion of fans. After originally planning to ride off into the sunset at the end of the 2005 season, car owner Jack Roush convinced Martin to come back for one more season and he'll again be part of the powerful Roush five-car attack. Martin was once again in the mix for a title in 2005, but came up short when a slew of trouble, and bad luck, pounced on the veteran during the ten race playoff run. A victory at Kansas Speedway in October showed just how competitive Martin and the No. 6 team still is on the circuit.

2006 Prognosis
Martin has a new sponsor in AAA, but that is really the only change on the team. If Rusty Wallace was the sentimental favorite to win the title in 2005 in his final season, Martin certainly has that distinction this year. There's no doubt he can challenge for the elusive championship, but he'll need to step up the win total - and dodge bad luck - in order to finally claim NASCAR's top prize.

Race to the Chase
Put Martin back in the "Chase" again in 2006, but his mantle will still be missing the NEXTEL Cup trophy in retirement.

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