Bristol II: Sterling Marlin preview

No. 40 TEAM FACTS: * Hometown Hero: Bristol Motor Speedway is considered Sterling Marlin's hometown track. In 41 starts, he has three top-five and 18 top-10 finishes. In the last five races "under the lights" at Bristol, he has four ...

No. 40 TEAM FACTS:

* Hometown Hero: Bristol Motor Speedway is considered Sterling Marlin's hometown track. In 41 starts, he has three top-five and 18 top-10 finishes. In the last five races "under the lights" at Bristol, he has four top-10 finishes.

* Chassis: The Coors Light team will race chassis #303 this weekend for the second race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Marlin has driven it twice this season, at the first Bristol race where he finished 11th and the end of last month at Loudon where he finished 34th.

* NASCAR NEXTEL Cup points standings: Marlin moved up one spot to 27th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup points standings. The No. 40 Dodge, however, is 23rd in owner points.

Tennessee Connections:

This weekend's race at Bristol Motor Speedway is special for two members of the No. 40 Coors Light team, driver Sterling Marlin and team manager Tony Glover. The two have been friends for 27 years and co-workers for 11 years. They started working together at Morgan-McClure Motorsports in 1994 and continued there for two years as driver and crew chief before Glover left for Team SABCO. When Marlin joined Team SABCO in 1998, the two were reunited. Glover has been the team manager for Marlin's team for the past eight years and has called the races for him for six of them.

Glover currently is one of two team managers for Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. He manages the day-to-day racing operations and oversees the car and chassis schedules, is the liaison to the engine builders and also serves as a consultant to the crew chiefs on race set up and strategies. In addition to that, he sits on top of the pit box on NEXTEL Cup race days and helps call the race with crew chief Steve Boyer for Marlin.

"Glover and I have been together for a long time," Marlin remarked. "We talk several times a day and he has a lot of good ideas on what to do for the car. We also spend time away from the race track together. Racing at Bristol is always a family affair for both of us, and we look forward to going there and doing well in front of the hometown crowd."

"I have enjoyed working with Sterling all these years," Glover commented. "He knows what he wants from the cars and he is not afraid to let you know. We always have worked well together and we look forward to the race this weekend in Tennessee."

This will be their 22nd start together at Bristol Motor Speedway. They have accumulated one top-five and 12 top-10 finishes.

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Sterling Marlin , Chip Ganassi , Felix Sabates
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing