Talladega: Sterling Marlin preview

MARLIN ENERGIZED ABOUT TAKING MOMENTUM TO TALLADEGA TALLADEGA, Ala. (April 25, 2006)-- Coming off aq2th-place finish at Phoenix, Sterling Marlin couldn't ask for a better place than Talladega Superspeedway to continue his momentum in the NASCAR...

MARLIN ENERGIZED ABOUT TAKING MOMENTUM TO TALLADEGA

TALLADEGA, Ala. (April 25, 2006)-- Coming off aq2th-place finish at Phoenix, Sterling Marlin couldn't ask for a better place than Talladega Superspeedway to continue his momentum in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series.

"I love racing at Talladega and I feel comfortable on the track," said Marlin, who has 42 starts at the historic speedway. b^0x001cWe went to Phoenix last week looking for a solid result and we got it.Now we move to Talladega with a little momentum on our side and a lot of confidence."

In the past, Marlin has found successon the 2.66-mile Talladega track, claiming three pole positions (07/91, 07/92, 07/95) and two wins (07/95, 04/96) there. Marlin and MB2 Motorsports teammate Joe Nemechek are two of just three active drivers to have notched three first-place starts at Talladega (the other is Jeremy Mayfield).

"I have a lot of confidence that my Waste Management team will perform well this weekend," said Marlin, who leads all drivers in restrictor-plate Budweiser poles. "MB2 Motorsports has such a good superspeedway program that I'd be crazy not to be looking ahead to those events and getting excited about the possibilities. Our performance in Daytona earlier this year proves that we have what it takes to win--we just need to avoid the wrecks, keep our nose clean and go to the front."

Marlin placed his No. 14 Waste Management Chevrolet in contention for a win in the season-opening Daytona 500 before an accident with just a few laps remaining ruined his chance of a strong finish. Marlin already owns three Daytona 500 wins.

"I had a rocket ship in Daytona, but unfortunately things didn't work out for us," offered Marlin, who placed seventh in Talladega in October. "But it shows what this team is capable of andthat's important. Not only did we run up front in the (Daytona) 500, but we came from the back of the field after having to move to a backup car. When you have a car that can drive from the back to the front then contend for a win--that's a credit to the race team."

"I don't see any reason why the Waste Management Chevy shouldn't have another great finish this weekend. We'd like to go there, start up front, and check winning a pole off of our list of things to do this year-- but winning races is still number one on that list and we're ready to go after it."

-mb2m-

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jeremy Mayfield , Joe Nemechek , Sterling Marlin