Dover: Sterling Marlin race report

Inconsistency Plagues Marlin's Performance in Dover DOVER, Del. (June 4, 2006) -- "We were just too inconsistent," said Sterling Marlin after his 31st-place finish in Sunday's Nextel Cup race at Dover International Speedway. Marlin, driving...

Inconsistency Plagues Marlin's Performance in Dover

DOVER, Del. (June 4, 2006) -- "We were just too inconsistent," said Sterling Marlin after his 31st-place finish in Sunday's Nextel Cup race at Dover International Speedway.

Marlin, driving the No. 14 Waste Management Chevrolet, started 22 and mounted a few charges during the 400-mile race on the Monster Mile. But it was a lack of consistency that pushed the veteran driver to the back of the 43-car field.

"We had some good (green-flag) runs and had some bad ones," said Marlin. "It seemed like we had our good runs at the wrong time today. The lack of cautions for the first half of the race hurt us. We needed to get into the pits to make some adjustments. It was a tough day out there."

No one knows better than Marlin that an inconsistent car at Dover's all-concrete, high-banked surface usually doesn't produce a good result. Sunday's race was his 41st career start at Dover.

"Dover is not a forgiving track," said Marlin. "There's a reason why they call it the Monster. It's a rough place to drive at, but I have always liked the track. I look for a better finish when we come back here in the fall.

Marlin's No. 14 team is also looking for a better finish in next Sunday's Nextel Cup race at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway.

-mb2m

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