Watkins Glen: Sterling Marlin preview

Marlin Looking For More Endurance Than Previous Road Race WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (Aug. 9, 2006)--With Sunday's Nextel Cup race at Watkins Glen International being the second and final road race of the year, Sterling Marlin's aim is to have a longer...

Marlin Looking For More Endurance Than Previous Road Race

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (Aug. 9, 2006)--With Sunday's Nextel Cup race at Watkins Glen International being the second and final road race of the year, Sterling Marlin's aim is to have a longer run than the season's first road course event.

At the Infineon Raceway road circuit in June, Marlin was collected in a first-lap incident when the No. 21 machine of Ken Schrader spun across the surface and blocked oncoming traffic. Marlin's No. 14 Chevrolet slammed into the side of Schrader, severely damaging his race car, and ending the day for the MB2 Motorsports team.

"We weren't even credited with a single lap," said Marlin, who will drive the No. 14 Ginn Resorts Chevrolet at the Glen. "It was pretty disappointing. I thought we had a good chance for a top finish that day, so to not even get one lap under our belt was frustrating. It's tough on the guys especially--they've been there all weekend working hard to make the car better and then we don't even get to see the final result."

It's no secret that road courses aren't on the top of Marlin's list of favorite tracks. After the debacle in June in Sonoma, Calif., the veteran driver is looking for a 180-degree turnaround at the upstate New York road course.

"A good finish this weekend would go a long way with me," said Marlin. "You face a whole new set of challenges when you go to road courses. You're turning left and right and shifting--it takes a lot of hard work by the crew and the driver. Everything has to be at its best. If we all work together and stay focused, I think we can do well."

-credit: mb2m

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Ken Schrader , Sterling Marlin