Sears Point: Sterling Marlin race report

First Lap Accident Ruins Debut For Marlin's Crew Chief SONOMA, Calif. (June 25, 2006) -- It was a nightmarish debut for Scott Eggleston, who took over the reigns as Sterling Marlin's crew chief earlier in the week. On the first lap of his new...

First Lap Accident Ruins Debut For Marlin's Crew Chief

SONOMA, Calif. (June 25, 2006) -- It was a nightmarish debut for Scott Eggleston, who took over the reigns as Sterling Marlin's crew chief earlier in the week.

On the first lap of his new job, Eggleston could only watch in shock as Marlin's car was collected in a multicar incident Sunday at Infineon Raceway, resulting in a 42nd-place finish in the Dodge/ Save Mart 350.

"Not much to say except we have a badly damaged racecar," said Eggleston, who was the crew chief for Marlin when he finished second at Infineon in 2000. "I didn't expect this kind of a start, but you never know in this business. I look forward to Daytona next week, we should be good there."

Marlin was equally distressed.

"What a disappointment," offered Marlin. "I really thought we could've gotten a solid finish today in the Waste Management Chevrolet. But unfortunately, things ended way too early for us."

As the 43-car Nextel Cup field entered Turn 8 on the 1.99-mile road course, the No. 21 car of Ken Schrader turned sideways, blocking the racetrack.

"I don't know what happened to Schrader, all I know is I had nowhere to go," said Marlin. "I looked up and saw him turned sideways-- I thought he was going one way so I went the other, then he shot across the track and I hit him.

"I was right behind Elliott (Sadler) and thought we were both clear. Then Elliott took a sharp left turn and all I saw was a windshield full of the 21. I just had nowhere to go."

Marlin was taken to the infield care center where he was observed and released. He compared the hit to his 2002 accident at Kansas Speedway that contributed to his season-ending neck injury.

"That was a pretty hard lick I took," said Marlin. "Luckily I'm in better shape than the Waste Management Chevy. We've had some tough luck this season, but we'll just roll up our sleeves and get on to next week."

The next Nextel Cup event will be Saturday night (July 1) -- the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Ken Schrader , Sterling Marlin