Kansas: Sterling Marlin race report

The Coors Light Dodge Finishes 34th at Kansas KANSAS CITY, Kan., (October 10, 2004) --- Sterling Marlin had trouble early on at Kansas Speedway when the rear gear and drive shaft of the Coors Light Dodge broke coming across the start/finish...

The Coors Light Dodge Finishes 34th at Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Kan., (October 10, 2004) --- Sterling Marlin had trouble early on at Kansas Speedway when the rear gear and drive shaft of the Coors Light Dodge broke coming across the start/finish line for the start of the Banquet 400. After several repairs, Marlin was credited with a 34th-place finish.

"Something was weird going down the back straightaway coming to take the green," Marlin said. "I radioed to the crew that something wasn't right. It was one of those deals where you think it's going to get better, but we took the green in second gear and it just exploded. The driveshaft flew out and it was just a mess. I hate it for everyone on the Coors Light team. This is a big Coors Light market out here and we wanted to run good, but crazy stuff just keeps happening. This track really hasn't been too good to me. I broke my neck two years ago, and last year we were running ninth and ran out of gas with 10 laps to go. We ran fifth here in 2001, so it hasn't been all bad."

While riding around in the pace laps before the start of the Banquet 400, Marlin radioed that there was something wrong with the Coors Light Dodge. When the green-flag dropped Marlin was in the 28th starting position, but as he crossed the start/finish line the rear gear of the No. 40 broke. Marlin was able to pull the Coors Light Dodge into the garage where the crew was waiting to go to work fixing the Silver Bullet and sending it back onto the track.

Marlin returned to the track on lap 29 after the Coors Light crew replaced the rear gear and the drive shaft of the No. 40 Dodge. The Coors Light team made several adjustments for the remainder of the race, including bringing the car back into the garage on lap 98 to change springs, before bringing home a 34th-place finish.

Marlin's 34th-place finish dropped him to 22nd in the NEXTEL Cup championship points. Ganassi teammates Jamie McMurray and Casey Mears finished seventh and 31st respectively.

The Coors Light crew is at home next weekend for the UAW-GM Quality 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. The race will be broadcast on NBC television and PRN radio.

-cgr-

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Sterling Marlin , Casey Mears , Jamie McMurray