Bristol: Sterling Marlin race report

MARLIN FINISHES 17TH AT BRISTOL BRISTOL, Tenn. (March 26, 2006)--Sterling Marlin brought the Waste Management Chevrolet across the finish line 17th in Sunday's Food City 500 here at Bristol Motor Speedway. Because ...

MARLIN FINISHES 17TH AT BRISTOL

BRISTOL, Tenn. (March 26, 2006)--Sterling Marlin brought the Waste Management Chevrolet across the finish line 17th in Sunday's Food City 500 here at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Because Friday's qualifying session was canceled due to inclement weather, Marlin was forced to start the 500-lap event from the 35th position (based on owner points)but was able to avoid several multicar crashes to bring home a top-20 finish for the Waste Management team.

"We had a big hill to climb," said Marlin. "I think we would've had a pretty good starting spot if we had gotten to qualify, but we got out there today,worked on the race car and kept getting better and better. My spotter did a great job and we were able to avoid the wrecks and keep the fenders on the Waste Management Chevy."

But Marlin didn't escape Bristol's half-mile fast track completely unscathed.On lap 127,Marlin brought out the fifth of the event's 18 cautions when he spun on the front stretch after contact from the No. 55 car (Michael Waltrip).

"The No. 40 car of David (Stremme) came down on me," explained Marlin. "Michael (Waltrip) was right behind me and had no where to go. I don't know if Stremme's spotter didn't tell him I was there or what. But no harm, no foul. We didn't hit anything and didn't lose a lap.

"The main thing that we did today was survive until the checkered flag. A 17th-place finish isn't bad, but it's not where this Waste Management team wants to be. It's a start in the right direction though,so we'll take it and go from here."

The Nextel Cup Series will visit Martinsville (Va.) Speedway next weekend for Sunday's (April 2)DIRECTV 500.

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Michael Waltrip , Sterling Marlin