DESPITE DAYTONA DISAPPOINTMENT, MARLIN HEADS TO CALIFORNIA WITH PLENTY OF CONFIDENCE FONTANA, Calif. (Feb. 21, 2006)--Sterling Marlin started from the back of the field in last week's season-opening Daytona 500 and drove his way to the front,...
DESPITE DAYTONA DISAPPOINTMENT, MARLIN HEADS TO CALIFORNIA WITH PLENTY OF CONFIDENCE
FONTANA, Calif. (Feb. 21, 2006)--Sterling Marlin started from the back of the field in last week's season-opening Daytona 500 and drove his way to the front, contending for his third Daytona 500 victory before being collected in a wreck with just 13 laps remaining.
But despite being credited with a 34th-place result in Daytona, Marlin is full of confidence as he heads to California Speedway with his MB2 Motorsports team this weekend.
"What happened Sunday was pretty disappointing," offered Marlin, who will pilot the No. 14 CENTRIX Auto Finance Chevrolet in this weekend's event. "We had such a good run going and really looked like we were closing in on a top-five or better finish when we just hit some bad luck. We got caught up in someone else's mess and it ended our day.
"But the fact remains that we ran an awesome race and we did it in our first outing as a new team. I think that shows what we're capable of and that's where the confidence we're taking to California comes from."
Crew chief Doug Randolph believes that the performance in Daytona has crew members confident and expects the team to be successful in Sunday's Auto Club 500.
"The guys are excited about the way things worked out in Daytona," offered Randolph. "Obviously we were disappointed with the finish but that's behind us now and we're moving on to California. If we continue to have good, solid runs every week, eventually things will fall into place and we'll start bringing home the finishes we deserve--hopefully a few victories."
Marlin agrees that the key to a successful season is patience and consistency.
"If we keep focusing on things one week at a time we'll be okay," said Marlin. "I can't think of a better time or place to continue the start of our year than at California Speedway. I've had some good runs there in the past and MB2 Motorsports usually has successthere too. If we can do that--stay focused week to week--then things will shake out the way we need them to.
"Patience and consistency are the most important things. Right now we have both. Add a little confidence and we may just be able to find a win."