Daytona 500: Sterling Marlin race report

Marlin finishes disappointing 17th in Daytona 500. Daytona Beach, Fla. (February 16, 2003) --- Sterling Marlin, driver of the No. 40 Coors Light Dodge, finished a disappointing 17th in the Daytona 500 after getting a stop-and-go penalty from ...

Marlin finishes disappointing 17th in Daytona 500.

Daytona Beach, Fla. (February 16, 2003) --- Sterling Marlin, driver of the No. 40 Coors Light Dodge, finished a disappointing 17th in the Daytona 500 after getting a stop-and-go penalty from NASCAR for racing below the yellow line.

Marlin started his Coors Light Dodge in seventh place and kept to the inside line to remain in the top-15 for the majority of the race. The Coors Light crew only made a tire pressure adjustment on Marlin's car during the first pit stop to loosen it up a bit on the Superspeedway. Otherwise, Marlin's Dodge was driving to his comfort.

The first of two rain delays of the day came out on lap 56 at 2:00 p.m. ET. The red flag halted the field for an hour and a half before racing resumed. When the race resumed, Marlin moved from his 12th place restart spot to fifth place in three laps.

On lap 72, Marlin was issued a stop and go penalty from NASCAR for going below the yellow line on the racetrack to pass another car. The team went one lap down in the process but was able to make it up when a caution came out on lap 94.

Following the caution, Marlin was able to gain valuable ground and ended up in 17th place when the final red flag came out at 4:10 p.m. ET for rain. Michael Waltrip was declared the winner of the Daytona 500 when the race was called an hour later.

"I'm not sure what the deal is on the yellow line," Marlin said.  "I was
trying to not get in a wreck and I get penalized for it.  They need to make
up their mind on what we can and can't do.  Then we'll follow the rules."

Marlin finished the rain-shortened Daytona 500 in 17th position and is in 18th place in the Winston Cup championship point's race.

The Coors Light team heads to Rockingham next weekend for the Subway 400 at North Carolina Speedway on February 23.

-cgr-

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Michael Waltrip , Sterling Marlin