Just six days prior to St. Patrick's Day, Mark Martin and the No. 6 Roush Racing NASCAR Winston Cup Series Pfizer Ford Team worked to change its racing luck with a one-day test at Kentucky Speedway today.

The 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup Series runner-up began the season with a fifth-place finish at Daytona and seventh-place finish at Rockingham before falling on hard times as engine troubles forced a 43rd-place finish in Las Vegas and a 42nd-place showing in Atlanta.

Martin's recent hard luck caused him to slip from a season-high fourth in the series points standings to an uncharacteristic 25th.

"We're disappointed, we were off to a really good start," Martin said. "The problems we had were not of our own doing, so we'll continue to do the best that we can. The things we can't control we have to try to deal with, and the things we can control, we'll have to try to do a better job than everyone else."

Martin shook down his No. 6 Viagra machine to research shocks, springs and other elements of his set-ups. "We're just exercising all the adjustment tools that we use," he added.

The circuit's stop this week in Darlington may hold the change Martin seeks. In 33 career starts at "the track too tough to tame," the veteran owns one win and a total of 13 top-five and 20 top-10 finishes. Martin qualified second and finished 11th in his previous Darlington start last September. NASCAR Winston Cup testing continues at Kentucky Speedway tomorrow when Evernham Motorsports drivers Bill Elliott and Jeremy Mayfield join MB2 Motorsports driver Jerry Nadeau.

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