Talladega II: Sterling Marlin race report

The Coors Light Dodge overheats and finishes 39th at Talladega Superspeedway TALLADEGA, Ala. (September 28, 2003) --- As the season heats up so did Sterling Marlin's engine this past weekend at Talladega Superspeedway. The Coors Light Dodge was...

The Coors Light Dodge overheats and finishes 39th at Talladega Superspeedway

TALLADEGA, Ala. (September 28, 2003) --- As the season heats up so did Sterling Marlin's engine this past weekend at Talladega Superspeedway. The Coors Light Dodge was able to run in the top-17 all day until smoke began to pour out of the hood on lap 103 of the EA Sports 500.

Marlin qualified for the race in the fourth position and by the second lap was running second to his teammate Jamie McMurray. The two were able to work together and ride one and two for the next 15 laps. The Coors Light Dodge was shuffled around and was able to run anywhere from second to 17th depending on the draft.

The Coors Light crew made two quick pit stops under green on laps 51 and 86 for tires and fuel and was able to stay in the front of the field. On lap 103 though, Marlin reported smoke and brought the car down pit road for assessment. The team took the Coors Light Dodge behind the wall and determined that there was nothing they could do to fix the car and return to the race.

"We busted our radiator," Marlin said. "We got hot yesterday, and we kind of kept hot all day today - around 240-250 degrees. When we got in that big pack of cars we got up over 250, and at about 260 we split the radiator. You hate it for all of the guys. The guys at the fab shop really built a fine car to come down here and qualify fourth right out of the box. Ernie's (Elliott, engine builder) motor guys have done a good job. We had a good car. We were just riding, making laps and getting where we needed to be towards the end here."

Marlin dropped to 18th place in the Winston Cup championship points. Ganassi teammates Jamie McMurray and Casey Mears finished 16th and 37th respectively.

The Coors Light team races at Kansas Speedway next weekend. The race will be broadcast live on NBC television and MRN radio on Sunday, October 5th at 12:00 CT.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Sterling Marlin , Casey Mears , Jamie McMurray