Texas II: Sterling Marlin race report

Accident Halts Marlin's Drive to the Front FORT WORTH, Texas (Nov. 5, 2006)-- Sterling Marlin watched a solid run turn into a 40th-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway Sunday when a Lap 174 incident knocked him out of contention and forced the...

Accident Halts Marlin's Drive to the Front

FORT WORTH, Texas (Nov. 5, 2006)-- Sterling Marlin watched a solid run turn into a 40th-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway Sunday when a Lap 174 incident knocked him out of contention and forced the Waste Management team to retire early from the event.

"It's another frustrating race," said Marlin. "We fought a tight racecar early, but Slugger (crew chief Richard "Slugger" Labbe) and the guys had done a great job adjusting on the car and I thought it was hooked up and we were going to be able to go somewhere.

"But when I checked up to avoid the (No.) 21 car after it cut a tire, I got hit from behind by Mark (Martin). I thought maybe we'd get through it without much damage, but it looped right around into the wall."

Marlin drove his Waste Management Chevy directly to the garage where the team went to work on the extensive damage to both the front and rear of the machine.

Marlin eventually returned to the track and despite being more than 80 laps behind the leader, he was able to pick up two finishing positions before retiring for the night on Lap 306.

"It is what it is," said Labbe. "It wasn't a good day for us. But you play the hand your dealt -- all we can do is move on to next week and try to bring home a better finish."

The NEXTEL Cup circuit visits Phoenix International Raceway next weekend for Sunday's Checker Auto Parts 500 (Nov. 12) . The race will be broadcast live on NBC beginning at 3 p.m. ET.

-credit: mb2m

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Sterling Marlin