Darlington: Sterling Marlin race report

Marlin scores second win of season. DARLINGTON, S.C. (March 18, 2002) -- Darlington is known as "the track too tough to tame." The folks at Darlington Raceway might want to consider changing their slogan. Sterling Marlin dominated the...

Marlin scores second win of season.

DARLINGTON, S.C. (March 18, 2002) -- Darlington is known as "the track too tough to tame." The folks at Darlington Raceway might want to consider changing their slogan. Sterling Marlin dominated the high-banked 1.3-mile oval on Sunday, charging from last place to take his second victory of the season.

After being forced to change an engine after Saturday's happy hour practice session, Marlin had to forfeit his 11th place qualifying position and start the race in last place (39th). Marlin, who is the only driver to finish every race in the top-10 this season was happy with his victory.

"I knew yesterday that we had a good car in happy hour," said Marlin. "But I didn't know it would be this good. Our car was really good on long runs today. It's a credit to all these guys here at the shop and at the track. Dodge and everybody pitches in and makes this car go. I'm just real fortunate that Chip and Felix let me drive this thing. I'm tickled to death. I'm having the best time of my life."

Marlin currently leads the Winston Cup point standings by 99 points over rookie Ryan Newman. Marlin has finished in the top-10 in eight straight races.

Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates team will tackle the high banks of Bristol next week in the Food City 500. The race can be seen live on FOX at 1 p.m. ET.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Sterling Marlin , Ryan Newman , Chip Ganassi , Felix Sabates
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing