Daytona 500: 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 #005 at the Daytona 500. This is the same car that raced at both Talladega's and the July Daytona during the 2004 season.

* 2004 Daytona 500: Marlin started the 2004 Daytona 500 in the fourth position. After running strong most of the day, the Coors Light Dodge was caught up in a 12-car accident on lap 71 and the crew was able to make repairs and return to the track to finish 37th.

* Qualifying for the Daytona 500: Sterling Marlin maneuvered his Coors Light Dodge around the 2.5-mile tri-oval of Daytona International Speedway in 48.532 seconds and ended up 34th fastest for the Duel at Daytona on Thursday. Marlin and the Coors Light Dodge will start 16th on Thursday during the second Duel at Daytona qualifying race.

* Double Duty: Sterling will be pulling double duty this weekend when he runs the Busch Series race for Fitz Bradshaw Racing. Sterling will be behind the wheel of the No. 40 Jani-King Dodge on Saturday.

* Off-Season Living: Marlin spent the off-season spending time with his family, vacationing and testing with the No. 40 team at Daytona, Las Vegas and Fontana.

STERLING MARLIN QUOTES:

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT YOUR NEW CREW CHIEF, STEVE BOYER?

"I think Steve will be a big plus for us. He was an engineer for Goodyear. He's been with us since 2001, and things are changing. The sport changes a whole lot, and we've got a lot of engineers in the sport now. As more changes happen to these cars, you've got to have more people understanding what's going on. We've got to have these guys to tell us which way we're going."

DO YOU THINK YOU CAN CHANGE YOUR LUCK AND RUN LIKE YOU DID TWO YEARS AGO?

"Every time you buckle up you want to win. I think if we get the cars back the way they were in 2001 and 2002 and the start of 2003, there's no doubt in my mind that we can be right back up winning races and leading the points and running in the top five. It just takes a whole group effort. The pit crew has got to make good stops all day and I've got to make the right calls on the car. The car has got to be set up good. It's just a team deal."

-cgr-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Sterling Marlin