Darlington: Sterling Marlin Happy Hour report

BLOWN ENGINE FORCES MARLIN TO BACK OF STARTING FIELD DARLINGTON, S.C. (May 12, 2006) -- Sterling Marlin, who qualified 27th for Saturday night's Dodge Charger 500 at Darlington Raceway, will have to start the Nextel Cup race from the back of the...

BLOWN ENGINE FORCES MARLIN TO BACK OF STARTING FIELD

DARLINGTON, S.C. (May 12, 2006) -- Sterling Marlin, who qualified 27th for Saturday night's Dodge Charger 500 at Darlington Raceway, will have to start the Nextel Cup race from the back of the 43-car field due to a blown engine on the first lap of Friday's final practice session.

Under NASCAR rules, an engine change results in a move to the back of the field.

"It's a tough break because we didn't get any practice time during the Happy Hour session," said Marlin, driver of the No. 14 Ginn Clubs & Resorts Chevrolet. "But better to have this happen today than in tomorrow's race. Now we'll be starting with a fresh engine that can hopefully give us the power to drive through the field."

One of Marlin's two wins at the historic Darlington Raceway came in the spring of 2002. Marlin started from the back of the field that day also, after his team was forced to replace the engine on race morning.

"I've done it before," added Marlin. "Hopefully I can do it again."

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Sterling Marlin