Atlanta: Sterling Marlin preview

Marlin Aiming to Take Waste Management Chevy to the Front HAMPTON, Ga. (March 14, 2006)-- Sterling Marlin is aiming for a breakthrough race in his No. 14Waste Management Chevrolet at this weekend's Golden Corral 500 at Atlanta Motor ...

Marlin Aiming to Take Waste Management Chevy to the Front

HAMPTON, Ga. (March 14, 2006)-- Sterling Marlin is aiming for a breakthrough race in his No. 14Waste Management Chevrolet at this weekend's Golden Corral 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

After a late-race accident in the season opener ruined Marlin's chance for a third Daytona 500 victory, Marlin has continued to find trouble. Last week a blown engine in Las Vegas resulted in a disappointing finish for the MB2 Motorsports team.

"This definitely isn't the start to the season we were looking for," said Marlin. "It seems like when it rains it pours. We were in contention for the win in Daytona and felt really confident heading into the closing laps. Then someone wrecked in front of us and we got caught up in that mess. Since then we seem to be in a rut. Maybe we can get out of it this weekend in Atlanta."

Marlin has had his share of success at the super-fast Atlanta track, including a runner-up finish in the 2001 fall race.

"I've had some good runs at Atlanta," offered Marlin, who will be starting his 43rd Atlanta event on Sunday. "The good thing about having such a strong teammate is that we can lean on each other and learn things that can help out both teams.Joe (Nemechek) has also had some great runs here and I think we can put our heads together with the U.S. Army crew and find some speed for Sunday."

Waste Management crew chief Doug Randolph is confident the team has what it takes to be successful and is waiting for some breaks to swing in their direction.

"This is a strong race team andI know we can be competitive every week," said Randolph. "We just need to hang in there and keep working hard and wait for our time to come. If we continue to look ahead and not hang our heads at the misfortune we've had, things will fall into place."

Marlin added, "We're keeping our chins up.It's early in the season and everyone knows we're capable of producing. I think we're going to start showing that to people this weekend."

-mb2m

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Sterling Marlin