Sterling Marlin Rockingham II prerace report

EVENT: Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn 400 North Carolina Speedway, 1.017-mile oval DATES: ...

EVENT:
Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn 400 North Carolina Speedway, 1.017-mile oval

DATES: #Qualifying: Friday, November 2, 3:05 p.m. (ET)
Race: Sunday, October 28, 1:00 p.m. (ET)

BROADCAST:
Television: TNT coverage begins at 12:30 p.m. (ET)
Radio: MRN coverage begins at 12:30 p.m. (ET)

FAST FACTS

Sterling Marlin, driver
No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid R/T

* Rockingham: In 32 career starts at North Carolina Speedway, Marlin has scored four top-5s and 12 top-10s. His best finish is second (2/27/94); his best start is fourth (10/25/87).

* Marlin has no wins and no poles at North Carolina Speedway.

* Bad qualifying efforts: Marlin has had only three top-10 starting positions in his 32 starts in Rockingham; all of which happened prior to 1991.

* In the February 2001 event, Marlin started 26th and finished eighth.

* Championship: Marlin is currently fifth in overall NASCAR Winston Cup Series championship points. His highest championship finish ever is third (1995) when he won three races and scored nine top-5 finishes.

* Marlin has dropped from third to fifth in the points standings since Talladega.

* Marlin is the only driver to remain in the top-10 in NASCAR Winston Cup championship points all season.

* Dominant Dodge: Marlin has lead the way for Dodge all season. He has two wins, nine top-5s and 17 top-10s. Marlin gave Dodge their first 2001 win in the Pepsi 400 at Michigan Speedway and their third win in the UAW-GM Quality 500 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.

Marlin Career Stats at North Carolina Speedway

DATE      START FINISH

2/25/01 26 8
10/22/00 23 33
2/27/00 14 15
10/24/99 23 8
2/21/99 27 37
11/01/98 30 13
2/22/98 7 5
10/27/97 35 9
2/23/97 35 20
10/20/96 28 13
2/25/96 31 6
10/22/95 28 6
2/26/95 22 12
10/23/94 37 14
2/27/94 1 2
10/24/93 25 12
2/28/93 19 28
10/25/92 19 5
3/01/92 25 15
10/20/91 24 8
3/03/91 21 33
10/21/90 29 6
3/04/90 10 4
10/22/89 10 23
3/05/89 16 7
10/23/88 18 34
3/06/88 14 3
10/25/87 4 11
3/01/87 12 19
3/04/84 20 35
10/30/83 22 15
3/13/83 27 13

Sterling Marlin, driver, No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid R/T:

“ Rockingham is a track you can race two or three deep on. You’ll see one car working good on the bottom, one in the middle and one against the wall. I always look forward to going racing there. I think it’s a neat track.”

“ We’re taking car #109. It’s run in the top-10 everywhere we’ve run it except for at Bristol where we ran 12th in the Spring race.”

POINTS RACE:
“ We’re gonna try and get a win every weekend and if we can’t get that then we’ll try for a top-5. We’ve got to try and get back some of the ground we lost last week.”

-CGR-

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Sterling Marlin