Michigan II: Sterling Marlin race report

Bad News, Good News Day for Marlin at Michigan BROOKLYN, Mich. (Aug. 20, 2006) -- Had his car run as strong in the beginning as it did in the end, Sterling Marlin would have had a much better result than the 29th-place finish in Sunday's GFS ...

Bad News, Good News Day for Marlin at Michigan

BROOKLYN, Mich. (Aug. 20, 2006) -- Had his car run as strong in the beginning as it did in the end, Sterling Marlin would have had a much better result than the 29th-place finish in Sunday's GFS Marketplace 400.

Marlin's Ginn Clubs & Resorts Chevrolet had handling issues until the No. 14 crew made a drastic adjustment late in the race.

"The car just wasn't handling properly," said Marlin. "We tried everything -- even threw the kitchen sink at it, but no response. We still couldn't get it to handle right. But then with 40 laps remaining, we decided to cut the chain on the left rear (which connects to the rear-housing) and from that point on, the car picked up steam. I'm telling you our car was really hauling at the end, but unfortunately we were already a lap down."

Though the No. 14 team didn't get the result they were looking for after a strong qualifying effort of 10th, Marlin felt the team might have found something that will help them in future races.

"The bad news is that we had a poor finish," said Marlin. "The good news is that we found a problem that made a huge difference. I am hoping that this can be a turning point for the No. 14 team. I was really excited about how strong the Ginn Clubs & Resorts Chevrolet ran at the end of the race. We're going to get better."

Another good news scenario for Marlin is that he'll be back home in Tennessee for Saturday night's race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

"I love the Bristol race, it has always been one of my favorites," said Marlin. "If we can stay out of trouble there, we should have a good finish."

-mb2m

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Sterling Marlin