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MARLIN HAS NEW CONFIDENCE AS HE HEADS TO INDY INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 1, 2006)--Sterling Marlin has plenty of reasons to smile as he makes his way to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the annual running of the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. Not only...

MARLIN HAS NEW CONFIDENCE AS HE HEADS TO INDY

INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 1, 2006)--Sterling Marlin has plenty of reasons to smile as he makes his way to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the annual running of the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard.

Not only is Marlin relaxed after enjoying a family vacation during the last off weekend of the season, but he's still excited about the recent ownership development of MB2 Motorsports. On July 26, MB2 announced that real estate developer Bobby Ginn (pronounced GHIN) purchased majority interest of the 10-year-old NASCAR team.

"You won't meet a nicer guy than Bobby," said Marlin. "You look at all the facilities he's done, and they're first class.This really will make us step up to the next level and do the things we need to do. We're all looking forward to it and I'm excited."

In addition, MB2 Motorsports announced that Ginn Resorts, which has sponsored Marlin's No. 14 Chevrolet in five races this season, will be the primary sponsor at 10 additional events this year.

"Between Waste Management and Ginn Resorts, we have full sponsorship for the remainder of the year on the No. 14 Chevrolet," said Marlin. "It took a while for everything to come together but I think we're in the best situation we can be in now. We have great partners in all of our sponsors and there is no where better to start our new chapter than at Indy."

In Marlin's 12 starts at the historic 2.5-mile speedway, he has scored three top-10 finishes, including a runner up result to Jeff Gordon in 2001; he has also claimed five top-10 starting spots. Marlin hopes the momentum that has developed recently will trigger another top finish in his Waste Management Chevrolet.

"When I won back-to-back Daytona 500s, it was unbelievable," offered Marlin. "But I have to admit, getting a win at the Brickyard would rank right up there with it. There's so much prestige and history that comes with winning at Indy. It would be pretty special to kiss the bricks."

"I'm hoping that we, as a team, can capitalize on the momentum with a good result in Indy," he continued. "Things aren't going to change overnight, but if we can take the Waste Management Chevrolet to a top finish at the Brickyard it would be a great way to start the rest of the year."

-mb2m

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Sterling Marlin