Pocono: Sterling Marlin preview

No. 40 TEAM FACTS: * Fore!: Sterling Marlin held his annual charity golf tournament this week in Franklin, Tenn. The tournament which raises money for local charities was attended by fellow NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip, FOX analyst ...

No. 40 TEAM FACTS:

* Fore!: Sterling Marlin held his annual charity golf tournament this week in Franklin, Tenn. The tournament which raises money for local charities was attended by fellow NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip, FOX analyst Darrell Waltrip and Rascal Flatts guitarist Joe Don Rooney.

* Double Duty: Marlin will be running the Busch Series race at his home track of Nashville Superspeedway. He will be piloting the No. 40 for FitzBradshaw Racing.

* Chassis: The Coors Light team will race chassis #401 this weekend at Pocono. This is the same car that Marlin piloted to a 41st, fifth, 35th and 15th-place finish in Darlington, Texas, Las Vegas and Fontana, respectively.

* CMA Music Festival: Marlin will be attending the CMA Festival in downtown Nashville on Thursday at the Prilosec exibit. Come and get your picture taken with him from 12-2 p.m.

* Driving Pocono: In 38 starts at Pocono Raceway, Marlin has six top-five and 16 top-10 finishes. He has started from the pole twice (1999 and 2002) and his highest finish is third (2002).

* NASCAR NEXTEL Cup points standings: Marlin is currently 23rd in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup points standings after finishing 32nd at Dover. Marlin is 255 points out of the Chase for the NEXTEL Cup.

STERLING MARLIN QUOTES:

What are your thoughts on Pocono?

"It's a completely different track than we're normally used to. I've enjoyed racing there since the mid 80s when I went up there for the first time. You've got three different corners and two long straightaways, and this year is going to be a totally different feel because we're not going to be able to shift this year. It's going to be a lot different and take some getting used to again."

"You got the long straightaway, and turn one is a pretty sweeping corner, and the grooves right on the bottom, which it is all three corners. Like I said it's just a totally, totally different track, turn two, a pretty tricky corner. We are really going to have to get our bearings and you can make a lot of time up,. One of the most important corners is turn three, because you come off and get on such a long straightaway. You've really got to get your car working good up off that corner and make your time up on that straightaway."

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Darrell Waltrip , Michael Waltrip , Sterling Marlin