All-Star: Sterling Marlin preview

No. 40 TEAM FACTS: * Chassis: The Coors Light team will race chassis ...

No. 40 TEAM FACTS:

* Chassis: The Coors Light team will race chassis #203 this weekend for the NEXTEL Open and hopefully the All-Star Challenge. This car this will make its debut for this season, but it was a three-time feature winner in 2002 at Darlington, Las Vegas and Charlotte.

* Last year's NEXTEL Open: After the first 20-lap segment of the NEXTEL Open, Marlin was seventh. Crew chief Lee McCall made the call to just take two right side tires during the intermission, and Marlin headed back out for the 10-lap final sprint in the lead. Marlin was on his way to winning the race when a caution came out on lap four of the 10 laps. When the green-flag dropped again, teammate Jamie McMurray and Jeremy Mayfield got past Marlin. On the final lap while McMurray and Mayfield were battling for the lead, Marlin was able to pass both on the inside and take the checkered flag. The win secured Marlin a spot in the NEXTEL All-Star Challenge immediately following. Unfortunately, 11 laps into the 90-lap NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge, Marlin found himself with no where to go when a multi-car accident occurred in front of him. The Coors Light Dodge was credited with an 18th place finish after starting 23rd in the non-points race.

* Calling all country music fans: Marlin will present at the 40th annual Academy of Country Music Awards. The Academy of Country Music Awards ceremony, which honors country music's top talent as well as the industry's hottest emerging talent, will be broadcast LIVE from the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on Tuesday, May 17th, 2005 at 8 PM ET/PT on the CBS Television Network.

* Action, Action: Marlin will be joined by his teammates McMurray, Casey Mears and Reed Sorenson at Action Performance near Lowe's Motor Speedway on Wednesday for an autograph session. The four teammates will be signing from 6-7:30 p.m.

* NASCAR NEXTEL Cup points standings: Marlin slipped to 19th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup points standings after finishing 23rd last weekend at Richmond. Due to troubles on the track for points leader Jimmie Johnson, Marlin and the Coors Light crew are back in the hunt for the Chase for the NEXTEL Cup. He is just 394 points back from Johnson.

STEVE BOYER, CREW CHIEF QUOTES:

"We don't view this race like any other one since it is shorter and it is not a point race. We can afford to try things that we would not normally try in a points race. We are excited about the car we are taking. It is a brand new car for this year but it won three times in 2002. The Coors Light crew is happy to be home for two weeks and we are looking forward to the races."

-cgr-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeremy Mayfield , Sterling Marlin , Casey Mears , Jamie McMurray , Reed Sorenson