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Sterling Marlin, No. 40 Coors Light Dodge No. 40 TEAM FACTS: * Chassis: Sterling Marlin and the Coors Light team are taking chassis ...

Sterling Marlin, No. 40 Coors Light Dodge

No. 40 TEAM FACTS:

* Chassis: Sterling Marlin and the Coors Light team are taking chassis #205 to compete in the NEXTEL Open this weekend. This car has run only one other time this season at Las Vegas where it placed 18th.

* Top Finishes: Marlin has posted three top-10 and two top-five finishes in 10 races this season.

* All-Star Racing: Marlin has had 11 All-Star Race starts. His highest finish is second, which he has done three times in 1988, 1994 and 1995.

* NASCAR NEXTEL Cup points standings: Marlin sits 15th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup points standings, just 147 points out of 10th place.

Sterling Marlin Quotes:

On competing in the NEXTEL Open...

"I run well at Charlotte, and I look forward to competing in the NEXTEL Open and gaining a spot in the All-Star Challenge. I would like to race my way in, but I would also be honored if I got the spot that the fans voted in."

How do you feel about the schedule changes announced last week?

"Rockingham to me was one of the best tracks we raced at. You could run three deep and put on a real good show. I guess the area it's in just wouldn't pull in the fans. We've got a lot of travel with the new schedule. There's a lot of expense involved going to California for everybody. You've got to fly the crews out and it drives up the cost, but if that's where they want to be I'm glad to be there. We don't need many more tracks out west. You'll wind up having more on the west coast than the east coast. We run twice at some tracks that I don't think we need to run twice at now. It's a shame for Rockingham. I don't know why the fans wouldn't come out, but it's a great track. The track would get good and slick. You hated to see it happen, but it did."

-cgr-

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Sterling Marlin