Darlington: Sterling Marlin preview

DARLINGTON RACE FALLS AT PERFECT TIME FOR MARLIN DARLINGTON, S.C. (May 10, 2006)-- Sterling Marlin can't think of a better week to head to Darlington Raceway than the one following his team's season-high finish. Marlin has a solid history at...

DARLINGTON RACE FALLS AT PERFECT TIME FOR MARLIN

DARLINGTON, S.C. (May 10, 2006)-- Sterling Marlin can't think of a better week to head to Darlington Raceway than the one following his team's season-high finish.

Marlin has a solid history at the 1.366-mile egg-shaped oval and in his 43 Darlington starts he has recorded two wins, (spring races -- 1995 & 2002), 10 top fives, 16 top 10s, and two pole positions.

Add Marlin's record at the track to the momentum the team is carrying from last week's ninth-place result in Richmond and one can understand why the No. 14 Ginn Clubs & Resorts Chevrolet team is excited about Saturday night's Nextel Cup race.

"Not only do I like Darlington, but it's one of the favorite tracks for my crew chief Doug Randolph too," offered Marlin. "We both look forward to this race every year, so for it to fall the week after we score our best finish of the season is great. We're taking a lot of momentum with us and hopefully it will make for another strong finish."

Marlin's first start at the "Track Too Tough To Tame" came in 1980, where he drove from a 33rd place starting spot to an 11th place finish.

"Darlington has been a special track for me from the beginning," offered Marlin, who celebrated the 30th anniversary of his first Cup start May 8. "I've been racing there for more than twenty years and loved every trip. I've had good finishes and bad finishes, but they were all memorable. There aren't many tracks left that have been around since the beginning, and these days a lot of the tracks are the same. Darlington's different -- that's what makes it special."

Randolph believes another strong finish could be a turning point for the team.

"This could be a great weekend for the Ginn Clubs & Resorts team," said Randolph. "We ended last weekend on a high note and are hopeful we can pick up where we left off. If we can get the finish we think we're capable of this weekend we'll be on a roll."

-mb2m

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Sterling Marlin