Marlin Scores Fourth Straight Top-10 No. 40 Coors Light Dodge finishes 10th in the Old Dominion 500 MARTINSVILLE, Va. (October 15, 2001) -- The Coors Light Dodge Intrepid R/T driven by Sterling Marlin finished 10th in the Old Dominion 500 at ...
Marlin Scores Fourth Straight Top-10
No. 40 Coors Light Dodge finishes 10th in the Old Dominion 500
MARTINSVILLE, Va. (October 15, 2001) -- The Coors Light Dodge Intrepid R/T driven by Sterling Marlin finished 10th in the Old Dominion 500 at Martinsville Speedway. This is the Coors Light team's fourth straight top-10 finish this season, extending a streak that began at Dover. Marlin moved up to third overall in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series championship points standings; he is 109 points out of second place.
The Coors Light Dodge began the event in 26th position and moved up the field to eleventh position by lap 95. Marlin fought a tight car and could not get any grip on the track but he competed in the top-20 all day.
" At the start we didn't have any grip," said Tony Glover, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates team manager. " The car just bounced and slid on the racetrack all day and we could never get any grip. We made numerous changes all day long and we finally hit on something on the next to the last pit stop that really put the thing on fire."
The Coors Light team hit the right adjustments on the second to last pit stop of the day and Marlin moved from 10th to fifth position within 53 laps. A late race caution stopped the team's momentum.
" We were running fifth before that last caution and we had the best car," Marlin said. " We were running all of them guys down. The caution killed us. If we put on two tires, we couldn't get out of the pits because we had so many cars on the lead lap. We put four on and that hurt us."
Following the caution and final pit stop, Marlin restarted the race in 10th position with 48 laps to go. The Coors Light team was unable to gain any more positions and finished the Old Dominion 500 in 10th place. Sterling Marlin moved up to third overall in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series championship points standings.
" We'll keep plugging away and see if we can't catch Ricky (Rudd) for second," Marlin said. " Gordon's probably got it wrapped up, but there's six races left and you never know what might happen."
Next on the schedule for the No. 40 Coors Light Dodge team is the EA Sports 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, Oct. 21.