Charlotte II: Sterling Marlin preview

Marlin Looking to Make His Own Luck at Lowe's CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 11, 2006)--Despite the fact his is known for success on NASCAR's superspeedways, Sterling Marlin admits that he's happy the restrictor-plate races have been completed for ...

Marlin Looking to Make His Own Luck at Lowe's

CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 11, 2006)--Despite the fact his is known for success on NASCAR's superspeedways, Sterling Marlin admits that he's happy the restrictor-plate races have been completed for the season. He is eager to move on to his next stop -- the 1.5-mile Lowe's Motor Speedway.

"I love superspeedway racing for sure," said Marlin. "But I'm glad to be done with them for the year. We found a lot of bad luck at those places this season and it seemed like there was nothing we could do to find our way out of it.

"We had some great starting spots but got into a wreck at three of the four plate races. I'm ready to go to a different place where we have a little more control of our luck."

The first chance for Marlin's Ginn Clubs & Resorts team to test its luck will be in Saturday night's Bank of America 500, a race where Marlin drove to Victory Lane in October 2001.

"We're taking a brand new Ginn Chevrolet to Charlotte and Slugger (crew chief Richard "Slugger" Labbe) and the guys have been working extra hard on it in the past few weeks," explained Marlin. "The communication on the team is getting better and better each week with Slugger on board and I see things continuing to improve. Hopefully we can turn that into a solid finish on Saturday night."

Said Labbe, "We've had our share of bad luck this year--not just at superspeedways. It just seems like you have more control at other places. One thing is for sure, you have to have everything else working perfectly so that when you do make your own luck you can capitalize on it."

Sunday's event will mark Marlin's 52nd start at Lowe's Motor Speedway, dating back to 1978 where he started seventh and finished ninth.

"I have a long history at Lowe's," said Marlin. "I started my career with a top-10 finish there and I just hope I can pick up another one this weekend in my Ginn Clubs & Resorts Chevy."

Saturday night's race will be broadcast live on NBC, beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET.

-credit: mb2 motorsports

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Sterling Marlin