Bristol: Sterling Marlin race report

Marlin Finishes 30th in Bristol; Secures Automatic Starting Berth BRISTOL, Tenn. (March 25, 2007)-- The Waste Management Chevrolet Impala SS wouldn't cooperate with the No. 14 Ginn Racing team during Sunday's Nextel Cup event at Bristol Motor...

Marlin Finishes 30th in Bristol; Secures Automatic Starting Berth

BRISTOL, Tenn. (March 25, 2007)-- The Waste Management Chevrolet Impala SS wouldn't cooperate with the No. 14 Ginn Racing team during Sunday's Nextel Cup event at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Regardless of the changes they threw at it, the crew wasn't able to find the right balance on the green and yellow Chevy and the end result was a 30th-place finish in the Food City 500.

"We tried a little bit of everything but nothing seemed to work," said Marlin, who started the 500-lap event 21st. "We were really tight at some points and really loose at others. It wasn't for lack of effort, things just wouldn't click."

Sunday's race marked the final event of the season in which the weekly automatic berths were based on the top 35 in last year's owner point standings. Because the No. 14 team finished 36th, Marlin has had to race his way in to each of the first five events, and was the only driver in that situation to do so.

"Today's result isn't the kind of finish we are happy with, but at least it was enough to keep us in the top 35," said Marlin, who is 31st in the current owner standings. "It will be good to head to Martinsville next week knowing we're guaranteed a starting spot."

"The guys on the team have done a great job putting cars beneath me that I could make races with," continued Marlin. "But it's a good feeling to be able to focus on the race from the start and not worry so much about making the event first."

-credit: gr

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Sterling Marlin