Early Tire Problem Costly for Marlin in Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn. (Aug. 26, 2006)-- A cut right-front tire early in Saturday night's Sharpie 500 made for a long evening at Bristol Motor Speedway for Sterling Marlin and the No. 14 Ginn Clubs & Resorts race team.

Marlin started the 500-lap NEXTEL Cup event from the 14th position and hadn't fallen out of the top 15 before a Lap 60 incident ended his solid run. As he made his way around the .533-mile oval, Marlin's No. 14 Chevrolet shot up the race track and into the Turn 3 wall. He was able to drive the machine down pit road, but the damage took several laps to repair.

"We just can't catch a break," said Marlin. "It's frustrating anytime something like that happens, but when it happens that early in the race it's even tougher to swallow."

Marlin was able to finish the 500-mile event, but was credited with a 32nd-place finish, 10 laps behind race winner Matt Kenseth.

"We had a good race car," he continued. "Our qualifying effort was solid and we were hanging in there between 10th and 15th place. We had all night to make the car better and drive toward the front, but we didn't get the chance. All we can do now is pack it up and look forward to next week."

California Speedway (Fontana, Calif.) is the next stop for the MB2 Motorsports team. The event will take place Sunday, Sept. 3 and will be broadcast on NBC beginning at 7 p.m. ET, 4 p.m. PT.

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