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Marlin Looking to Break Recent Streak of Bad Luck HOMESTEAD, Fla. (Nov. 15, 2006)-- The last three Nextel Cup races have had nightmarish endings for Sterling Marlin's No. 14 race team. So while some drivers will be competing for the Nextel Cup...

Marlin Looking to Break Recent Streak of Bad Luck

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (Nov. 15, 2006)-- The last three Nextel Cup races have had nightmarish endings for Sterling Marlin's No. 14 race team. So while some drivers will be competing for the Nextel Cup championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend, Marlin has his own goals to meet -- to finish Sunday'sFord 400 with a solid result and help move the team up in the point standings.

"This Ginn Clubs & Resorts team has been performing better each and every week so it's really disappointing that bad luck has found us," said Marlin. "We just have to go to Miami this weekend and keep doing what we've been doing, which is controlling the things we can and hoping for the best after that."

In last week's Nextel Cup event at Phoenix, Marlin was hit hard from behind by the No. 66 car of Jeff Green late in the race. At Texas the week before, Marlin checked up to avoid an accident and was turned from behind. In Atlanta, Marlin was collected in a five-car wreck.

"It's frustrating how we keep getting taken out week after week," said Marlin. "We're just out there trying to make laps and get good finishes and we keep getting wrecked."

In the 10 races since crew chief Richard "Slugger" Labbe has joined the No. 14 team, Marlin has beeninvolved in seven accidents on the racetrack.

Heading into the final event on the Nextel Cup circuit, Marlin sits 36th in the standings, 47 points behind the No. 45 team of Kyle Petty. Only the top 35 cars in the owner standings are guaranteed spots for the first five races of the 2007 season.

"Ending the season in the top 35 is important and hopefully it can be decided on the racetrack and not decided for us by getting caught up in someone else's mess again," said Marlin."I'm confident we can get it done. We just need a little luck on our side."

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Kyle Petty , Jeff Green , Sterling Marlin