Richmond: Sterling Marlin race report

MARLIN GRABS SEASON HIGH NINTH-PLACE FINISH IN RICHMOND RICHMOND, Va. (May 6, 2006)-- Sterling Marlin and the Waste Management team scored an impressive ninth-place finish in Saturday night's Crown Royal 400 at Richmond ...

MARLIN GRABS SEASON HIGH NINTH-PLACE FINISH IN RICHMOND

RICHMOND, Va. (May 6, 2006)-- Sterling Marlin and the Waste Management team scored an impressive ninth-place finish in Saturday night's Crown Royal 400 at Richmond International Raceway. It was the highest finish of the season for the No. 14 team.

"This was a good day for the Waste Management/MB2 team," said Marlin, whose previous best season finish was 12th at Phoenix two weeks ago. "This team works so hard every single week and they never give up. We started from a tough spot tonight, but we hung in there, worked our way to the front and finished in the top 10. That's the kind of people this team is made of."

Marlin started the 400-lap Nextel Cup event 32nd after a disappointing qualifying effort Friday. But when the green flag fell under-the-lights at Richmond, Marlin gradually drove his way to the front of the pack.

"We started off a little loose but Doug (Randolph - crew chief) did a great job making calls in the pits and we were able to get the car where we needed it," offered Marlin.

Due to a lack of caution flags during the middle portion of the competition, Marlin lost a lap to the leaders despite running in the 16th position.

"We lost a lap there in the middle of the race and couldn't really go anywhere," said Randolph. "Our car ran excellent all night and we were fast, we just needed to get our lap back so we could get the finish we deserved. Sterling and the guys battled hard, we got that lap back, and we put ourselves in position for a top-10 finish. This is exactly what our team needed."

"It was a good night for us," said Marlin, who was celebrating is 30th anniversary this weekend as a NASCAR Cup driver. "We came here believing we could get a good finish and we did. I'm proud of the whole team."

The next stop for the Nextel Cup series will be Saturday night, May 13 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway.

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Sterling Marlin