Talladega II: Sterling Marlin preview

Marlin Looking for Reversal of Misfortune at Talladega TALLADEGA, Ala. (Oct. 4, 2006)-- Both Sterling Marlin and MB2 Motorsports have a history of success on NASCAR's 2.5-mile superspeedways. But regardless of what history shows, Marlin and his...

Marlin Looking for Reversal of Misfortune at Talladega

TALLADEGA, Ala. (Oct. 4, 2006)-- Both Sterling Marlin and MB2 Motorsports have a history of success on NASCAR's 2.5-mile superspeedways. But regardless of what history shows, Marlin and his No. 14 Waste Management team haven't been able to find that success this season.

In addition to being just one of three drivers to collect back-to-back Daytona 500 wins, Marlin also owns two victories at Talladega Superspeedway and has started from the pole position four times at Daytona and three times at Talladega.

"Talladega and Daytona are as much about luck as they are about having good racecars," said Marlin. "Unfortunately for us, the luck hasn't been with us this year. There isn't much we can do about it but keep our heads up and try again."

Marlin's MB2 Motorsports debut was soured when a late-race accident in this year's Daytona 500 took him out of contention for the win. After a wreck in the qualifying races, Marlin had driven a backup No. 14 Chevrolet to the front of the field, but with just 13 laps remaining he was collected and put in the wall, resulting in a 34th-place finish.

In May, Marlin experienced a short day at Talladega when a rookie driver made the field five-wide on Lap 9 of 188, causing a multicar pileup. The crippled No. 14 Chevrolet was only able to complete 91 laps and was credited with a 34th-place result.

Most recently, a pit road miscue left Marlin short on fuel in July's Pepsi 400 at Daytona, costing the team crucial time as Marlin coasted to pit road under green for gas. That race ended with a 24th-place finish.

"When I land at these superspeedways, I know I'll have a fast racecar beneath me--that's never a question with MB2," said Marlin. "The frustrating part is knowing that there is only so much you can do to contribute to your own success."

"You can't make mistakes--on the track or on pit road," Marlin continued. "But sometimes you can do everything perfectly and you're still going to end up as a pile of metal. You just have to make the least number of mistakes possible and hope for the best after that.

"It has to be our time for a break. There are only so many times the bad luck can go against you. Eventually things have to even themselves out. Maybe this is our weekend."

-credit: mb2 motorsports

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Sterling Marlin