Michigan: Sterling Marlin preview

MARLIN AIMS FOR TOTAL PACKAGE IN MICHIGAN BROOKLYN, Mich. (June 14, 2006)-- Last week's engine failure at Pocono Raceway is the latest frustration for Sterling Marlin and his MB2 Motorsports team. And while Michigan International Speedway is a...

MARLIN AIMS FOR TOTAL PACKAGE IN MICHIGAN

BROOKLYN, Mich. (June 14, 2006)-- Last week's engine failure at Pocono Raceway is the latest frustration for Sterling Marlin and his MB2 Motorsports team. And while Michigan International Speedway is a track he enjoys, Marlin knows that in order for his Waste Management Chevrolet to be successful in Sunday's NEXTEL Cup event, a variety of things must work in the team's favor.

"Winning isn't just about having the best racecar, it's about having everything at its best that day," explained the veteran driver. "Don't misunderstand me, you have to have a great car underneath you, but you also have to have a stout engine, your pit crew has to be at its best, and you have to avoid trouble.

"And at Michigan, you need to add fuel mileage to that equation. It's a track that you can expect a lot of long, green flag runs so you need to be able to outlast your competitors and hope your strategy works out."

Marlin's 41-start record at the two-mile oval includes one win, 12 top-10 and four top-five finishes. His win came in August of 2001.

"I've had some good runs at Michigan in the past but haven't always brought home the finishes we've deserved," recalled Marlin. "It's a great track that's wide and has a lot of different racing grooves so you can work with your car to figure out the best way to get around. Because of the long, green-flag runs, you really have to have your car where it needs to be at the beginning of the race because you aren't going to have much time in the pits to make changes."

Marlin hopes that in addition to having a competitive Chevy beneath him everything else will fall in place for the No. 14 Waste Management team this weekend.

"There are things you have control over and things you don't," offered Marlin. "If we have a good race car that can drive through the field, all we can do is hope the other things will fall in place for us. We're ready for good, solid weekend. Maybe this will be the one."

-mb2m

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Sterling Marlin