Las Vegas: Sterling Marlin race report

Sterling Marlin Pilots the Coors Light Dodge to an 18th-place finish at Las Vegas LAS VEGAS, Nevada (March 7, 2004) --- Sterling Marlin battled back after a flat tire to place 18th in the UAW-Daimler Chrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor ...

Sterling Marlin Pilots the Coors Light Dodge to an 18th-place finish at Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (March 7, 2004) --- Sterling Marlin battled back after a flat tire to place 18th in the UAW-Daimler Chrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

"We had a good car today," Marlin said. "The team made some adjustments during the first caution and we were starting to work our way up through the field but then I felt the tire go flat. We went down a lap and were not able to get our lap back until almost the end of the race. It was a tough day but the crew was able to make adjustments and we got a top-20 finish."

Marlin started the race from the 23rd position and was starting to work his way through the field when the first caution came out on lap 39. Marlin reported that the car was tight so the Coors Light crew made a trackbar adjustment, added fuel and put four fresh tires on and sent the car back to the track in the 17th spot.

Twelve laps later though Marlin radioed that he thought he had a flat tire, so he returned to pit road under green and got four new tires. The Coors Light Dodge went a lap down and was running 33rd when the next caution came out on lap 87. This time the team made wedge adjustments and Marlin restarted 31st.

The Coors Light Dodge continued to fight its way around the track and by the fourth caution on lap 165 the car was in the 24th position. Marlin and the Coors Light Dodge eventually got their lap back during the sixth caution on lap 200 and were able to secure an 18th-place finish.

Marlin climbed to 18th in the NEXTEL Cup championship points after his 18th-place finish at Las Vegas. Ganassi teammates Jamie McMurray and Casey Mears finished fourth and seventh respectively.

The Coors Light team races at Atlanta next weekend. The race will be broadcast live on FOX television on Sunday, March 14th at 1:00 p.m. EST.

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