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Marlin Looks for Consistency in Michigan BROOKLYN, Mich. (June 14, 2007)-- Had his car been as strong in the beginning as it was in the end, Sterling Marlin would have had a much better result than the 29th-place finish he collected during...

Marlin Looks for Consistency in Michigan

BROOKLYN, Mich. (June 14, 2007)-- Had his car been as strong in the beginning as it was in the end, Sterling Marlin would have had a much better result than the 29th-place finish he collected during his last visit to Michigan International Speedway.

That's why Marlin is looking for consistency as he enters this weekend's Nextel Cup event and believes its key to a successful weekend.

"We need to be able to start fast and stay fast," said Marlin, who qualified 10th for last year's fall event. "Sometimes we get the good starting spot we're looking for, but when the checkered flag falls, we find ourselves falling back."

"To have a successful weekend in Michigan we have to figure out a way to avoid that," added Marlin.

In his 43 starts at Michigan International Speedway, Marlin has earned one win, 12 top-10 and four top-five finishes, but says he believes those numbers should be higher.

"I've had good racecars here, but haven't always been able to cross the finish line where we should've," explained Marlin. "Michigan is a fun track, but it's another place that everything has to be perfect. Not just the handling and equipment, but the driver."

A transmission failure prior to qualifying for last Sunday's Pocono 500 forced Marlin to start the Nextel Cup event from the back of the field. A rain-shortened race left him with a 31st-place finish.

"It can be frustrating," said Marlin. "As a team, we know we're capable of good finishes -- we just have to figure out how to make it to the end. The first step to that is consistency each week."

Marlin added, "If we can have consistent runs each week, good things will start happening."

Sunday's Citizens 400 will be broadcast live on TNT, beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET.

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Sterling Marlin