Sterling Marlin Coors Chip Ganassi Racing With Felix Sabates ...
Coors Chip Ganassi Racing With Felix Sabates
#40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid R/T
Carolina Dodge Dealers 400
Darlington Raceway, 1.366-mile oval
Qualifying: March 15, 2002
Race: March 17, 2002
Television: FOX race coverage begins at 12:30 p.m. ET
Radio: MRN race coverage begins at 12:30 p.m. ET
Sterling Marlin, driver, No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid R/T
* Darlington: In 36 career starts at Darlington Raceway, Marlin has scored eight top-5 and 14 top-10 finishes. His best finish is a win in the TranSouth 400 on March 26, 1995. His best start is two consecutive poles in 1992 (3/29/92 and 9/6/92). In that same year, Marlin captured a total of five pole positions with car owner Junior Johnson.
* The Coors Light team will take car #203 to Darlington. No. 203 is the same car that won in Las Vegas on March 3, 2002. It is the sister car to #115 and Darlington will be the second race it has competed in.
* Marlin is the only driver to have top-10 finishes in all four races in 2002. He is the only driver to rank in the top-10 in NASCAR Winston Cup championship points since the 2001 Daytona 500.
* Crew updates: Dewayne Trammell has joined the Coors Light crew as the rear tire carrier. His previous position was with Penske Racing. Rick Reling will return to jackman duties on the 40 car at Darlington.
* Birthday: Andy Graves, team manager, celebrates his birthday on Friday, March 15.
Sterling Marlin, driver, No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid R/T:
“ At Darlington you really have to race the track and you have to stay pretty focused all day long. You run so close to the wall that you can get into it pretty quick. Rubber builds up six inches away from it and one little slip and you’re in the fence. I enjoy racing there. It’s a fun track to me.”
“ When you pit you’re gonna need four tires. It’s real hard on tires and the pit crews get a good workout because you have to change four tires just about every time you stop.”