Indianapolis: Sterling Marlin raceday notes

Coors Light team finishes 27th in the Brickyard 400. Marlin maintains Winston Cup championship points lead. INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (August 4, 2002) - Sterling Marlin drove the No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid R/T to a 27th place finish in the ...

Coors Light team finishes 27th in the Brickyard 400.
Marlin maintains Winston Cup championship points lead.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (August 4, 2002) - Sterling Marlin drove the No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid R/T to a 27th place finish in the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. For the 20th straight race (Rockingham to Indianapolis), Marlin remains the leader in the NASCAR Winston Cup championship points standings. He has a 93-point lead over Jimmie Johnson who is currently in second place.

At the start of the 160-lap event, the track temperature was recorded at 134.5 degrees Fahrenheit. Marlin lined up in eighth place for the start but fell back through the field a few spots due to a tight race car. The Coors Light Dodge remained in the top-15 but Marlin said that the car was extremely tight to drive. By lap 67, the Coors Light team had made adjustments on the car and Marlin radioed in that the car was "damn good right now."

"I've never seen the track change so much from yesterday to today," Marlin said after the race. "Our car was real good yesterday. Then we started racing and it was so tight you couldn't turn it. We about ran out of adjustments trying to free it up. Once it got going pretty good it blew up."

Thirty laps later, Marlin's Coors Light Dodge lost a cylinder and began running off the pace. The team opted to stay out during a caution two laps later to gain five bonus points for the championship race; then he brought his car in for a four-tire/fuel pit stop. Marlin continued racing with seven cylinders and ended up with a 27th place finish.

"I don't know if it was the heat or what," Marlin said about the engine trouble. "It's weird deal the way things are working out this year. It really could have been a bad day in the points, but the way it worked out wasn't too bad. Rusty (Wallace) ran second and we outran him most of the day. We didn't have anything for Bill (Elliott). He was gone. That Dodge was in another league today. They've been working hard, and they've been running good."

Bill Elliott, driver of the No. 9 Dodge, won the Brickyard 400. This is the second win in a row for Elliott; he won the Pennsylvania 500 last weekend in Pocono. Next on the schedule for the No. 40 Coors Light team is the Sirius Satellite Radio at Watkins Glen International road course on August 11, 2002.

Tony Glover was awarded the Brickyard 400 "True Grit" award during pre-race festivities at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Glover was the fifth annual winner of the $10,000 award, presented by C & R Racing, Inc.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bill Elliott , Sterling Marlin , Jimmie Johnson