Loudon: Sterling Marlin preview

A Q&A With Sterling Marlin LOUDON, N.H. (July 12, 2006)--- The following is a question and answer with MB2 Motorsports driver Sterling Marlin, who will compete in this weekend's LENOX Industrial Tools 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway.

A Q&A With Sterling Marlin

LOUDON, N.H. (July 12, 2006)--- The following is a question and answer with MB2 Motorsports driver Sterling Marlin, who will compete in this weekend's LENOX Industrial Tools 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway. The Nextel Cup race begins the second half of the 2006 season.

Q: Evaluate your 2006 season.

Marlin: "It's not what we hoped or expected it would be. We wanted to start the year strong out of the gate at Daytona and that didn't work out for us. From there we've just had some bad luck... some of it self inflicted and some of it circumstance. We've had some good runs and thought we'd have some better finishes, but we just haven't gotten everything going in the right direction.

"We made some personnel changes and everyone has really gotten behind Scott (Eggleston, crew chief) but we still aren't getting the finishes we need. Don't get me wrong, sometimes the set-up isn't there and we struggle on the race track, but we've had problems too--engines, wrecks, things like that."

Q: What are your goals for the rest of the year?

Marlin: "Our number one goal has always been to win races and that hasn't changed. But we also want to be a car that contends for top-10 finishes every week. Once you can do that, you're putting yourself in contention to win a race. I know we're capable of it. I don't think that's an unrealistic goal at all. We just need to get some things going in the right direction and hopefully things will start clicking from there."

Q: What are your thoughts about this weekend's race at New Hampshire?

Marlin: "New Hampshire is a challenging race track, and I like that. To me its one of the hardest tracks to get your car dialed in on. When you're too tight or too loose, you can't ever get that good combination that you need. It's just a flat track that's tough to pass on. Hopefully the Waste Management Chevrolet will be fast off the truck and we'll be able to get a good start and a good finish."

Q: Do you think this team is capable of winning a race this year?

Marlin: "Absolutely. There isn't a doubt in my mind that we have all of the elements needed to win a race. We just have to make the elements all work together the right way at the right time. I have all the confidence in the world it could happen and wouldn't be at all surprised to see the Waste Management Chevrolet in Victory Lane this year."

-mb2m

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Sterling Marlin