BUSCH: Nashville Sterling Marlin, Matt Kenseth

Spin wrecks chances of Marlin, Kenseth by Brett Borden NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 3, 1999) The DeWalt team had a chance to take the points lead, but the No. 17 got caught in a wreck. There they were, one a current NASCAR Winston Cup Series ...

Spin wrecks chances of Marlin, Kenseth by Brett Borden

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 3, 1999) The DeWalt team had a chance to take the points lead, but the No. 17 got caught in a wreck. There they were, one a current NASCAR Winston Cup Series competitor, one all but a lock to be next season. One, Sterling Marlin, was leading Saturday's BellSouth Mobility 320 with about 50 laps to go, driving a car honoring the state's most cherished victory in years. The other, Matt Kenseth, was running along happily in 3rd, expecting a finish that would put him atop the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division point standings. Then, suddenly, Marlin was spinning out between Turns 3 and 4 on lap 271 at Nashville Speedway USA, and Kenseth was tagging him from behind.

"We had a real good car and I guess Jeff (Green) got against me and cut the rear tire town," said Marlin, who was driving a University of Tennessee Chevrolet. "We were just riding -- trying to finish it off. But I'd like to thank Goodyear and everyone -- the whole bunch -- we had a good car. There was just nothing we could do about it. The left rear tire blew out and knocked the battery right out."

So Marlin found it rocky at the top of the running order, while Kenseth found it just plain tough to stay out of the spinning Marlin's way.

"We made a lot of adjustments and we were just kind of riding around waiting for things to shuffle out," said Kenseth. "We didn't think we had the car to win, but definitely 3rd at the worst.

"It's just unfortunate. I don't know what happened to Sterling. He just spun out. I was on the bottom of the racetrack and with that inside wall so close there was only one hole to get through there and he closed that up and came down that inside. It was just a matter of circumstances. The track was fine, we were just off all day and the guys just kept working on it, made good pit stops, and got me out front. They made the right adjustments. I don't think we could have run with Jeff (Green), but we could have been 2nd or 3rd."

So Kenseth went from being the sure leader in the point standings to 3rd, trailing Mike McLaughlin by nine points and Elton Sawyer by four. As for Marlin, the one that got away could be reeled in next week at Bristol Motor Speedway, where he once again will be running the University of Tennessee colors.

Source: NASCAR Online

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Elton Sawyer , Sterling Marlin , Mike McLaughlin