Atlanta II: Sterling Marlin preview

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


* Chassis: The Coors Light team will race chassis #205 at Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend. Marlin last raced this car at the first Dover earlier this season, where he finished 32nd. He also piloted it to a 16th-place finish at the first race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

* Earlier this season: After starting toward the rear of the field and getting lapped early on, Sterling Marlin battled back for a 16th-place finish in the Golden Corral 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway in March.

* Atlanta Motor Speedway Stats: This weekend will be Marlin's 42nd career start at AMS. He has finished second on two occasions (1995 and 2001) and his highest start is fourth in 1991.

* NASCAR NEXTEL Cup points standings: Marlin is 30th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup points standings after the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway. An accident on lap 175 relegated Marlin to a 38th-place finish. The No. 40 Dodge, however, is 26th in owner points.


"We didn't test at Atlanta. We lost the good car we had at Charlotte two weeks ago so we're going to try to fix it and take it to Texas. We're taking chassis No. 205 this weekend and it's been a pretty good car for us. The car has a new body on it and hopefully that will help this weekend. My teammates that tested at Atlanta said the track lacks a lot of grip and it's pretty loose. We'll find out when we get there. I've run second there a couple of times and we've had some other good runs. I liked the old track better. This track here, the pavement is kind of like a Rockingham or Darlington. The times give up and that's really what we need. It's not like Charlotte where it's like you're qualifying every lap. The speeds probably slow down two seconds from new tires to old tires. Whoever gets a good combination on the car and gets going with it will do well. It's not hard to pass at Atlanta like it is at some of these other places with a groove or a groove and a half."


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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Sterling Marlin