Loudon: Sterling Marlin race report

Marlin Posts 24th-Place Finish in New Hampshire LOUDON, N.H. (July 1, 2007)-- Sterling Marlin's No. 14 Chevrolet posted some super-fast lap times during Sunday's Nextel Cup event at New Hampshire International Speedway. But the...

Marlin Posts 24th-Place Finish in New Hampshire

LOUDON, N.H. (July 1, 2007)-- Sterling Marlin's No. 14 Chevrolet posted some super-fast lap times during Sunday's Nextel Cup event at New Hampshire International Speedway. But the problem the veteran driver faced was that it took several laps after each restart for the air pressures in the car's tires to build up to produce those competitive speeds.

"There were too many short runs at the end and we just couldn't get going," said Marlin, who ran as high as 13th. "It was taking 15 laps or more to get the car where we could really take off. We needed longer runs during the end of the race."

Marlin started the 300-lap event 41st but was running in the 28th spot when the race restarted following a round of green-flag pit stops on Lap 67. After taking two tires during a Lap 122 caution, Marlin found himself sitting 13th and running times faster than the leader.

"The car was good but we just didn't get it done today," said Marlin. "The Ginn Chevy didn't have much grip out there and was bouncing around a lot so we'd fall back a little on the restarts. But even so, we were really sporty. I just wish we'd had a few more long runs to really get us up there."

Crew chief Slugger Labbe added, "I think we had a top-15 or better car. We were really good right there in the middle of the race and then we fell off and lost some spots."

"We head to Daytona next week and that's always a good track for both Sterling and Ginn Racing," Labbe continued. "We'll look for a strong finish there and hopefully get on a good roll."

The Nextel Cup Series will visit Daytona International Speedway for the July 7 Pepsi 400. The race will be broadcast live on TNT beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET.

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Sterling Marlin