Dodge Motorsports Atlanta II chassis notes

STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid R/T) Don't look now but Sterling Marlin and the Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates team is bringing chassis No. 115 to Atlanta for the NAPA 500. Chassis 115 has been Marlin's secret ...

STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid R/T) Don't look now but Sterling Marlin and the Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates team is bringing chassis No. 115 to Atlanta for the NAPA 500. Chassis 115 has been Marlin's secret weapon since its debut at Michigan in June. It finished third in that event, second in the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, first at Michigan in August, fifth at Kansas, first at Charlotte and fifth last week at Homestead. With six straight top five finishes and an average finish of 2.83, Marlin hopes to contend for his first victory at the 1.54-mile track. Marlin finished fifth in the Pennzoil 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. He climbed from fifth to fourth in the NASCAR Winston Cup point standings. He now trails third-place Tony Stewart by just 74 points and point leader Jeff Gordon by 438. Marlin is the only driver who has remained in the top 10 in points all season. He is one of just five drivers to score 18 or more top-10 finishes in the first 34 races of the season. Marlin has competed in 34 races at Atlanta. He has scored only one top-10 finish in his last 10 races at Atlanta. He finished eighth in this race one year ago and 35th here in March. The 44-year-old driver from Columbia, Tenn., will make career start No. 538 on Sunday.

BILL ELLIOTT (No. 9 Dodge Dealers Dodge Intrepid R/T) Fresh off career victory No. 41 last week at Homestead, Elliott returns to AMS with the chassis that finished third earlier this season at Michigan. Elliott finished 16th earlier this season at AMS and 11th in this race last season. In 49 career starts at Atlanta, the 46-year-old 1988 NASCAR Winston Cup Champion from Dawsonville, Ga., has five victories, 12 top fives and 18 top 10 finishes. Elliott, ranked 16th in the NWCS with two races remaining, will make career start No. 658 on Sunday.

WARD BURTON (No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge Intrepid R/T) Burton will race a brand new Bill Davis Racing chassis at Atlanta. Burton finished 11th earlier this season at Atlanta and third in last year's NAPA 500. Burton finished 13th last week at Homestead and ranks 14th in the NWCS. The 40-year-old driver from South Boston, Va., will make career start No. 249 on Sunday.

DAVE BLANEY (No. 93 Amoco Ultimate Dodge Intrepid R/T) Blaney will race a chassis that finished sixth last week at Homestead. In the March race at Atlanta, Blaney led 70 laps and dominated much of the event before being hobbled after two lug nuts were left loose on a tire during a pit stop late in the event, causing the wheel to fall off and placing him two laps down after pitting for repairs. In six career NASCAR starts at Atlanta (four Winston Cup and two Busch), Blaney has never qualified out of the top-10, including a then-track record pole position for the Busch Series race in March, 1999. Blaney ranks 23rd in the NWCS, trailing two-time WC champion Terry Labonte by only three points with two races remaining in the 2001 season. Blaney will make career start No. 74 on Sunday.

JOHN ANDRETTI (No. 43 Cheerios Dodge Intrepid R/T) Andretti will race his Rockingham chassis at Atlanta. Andretti finished 19th at Rockingham. He finished 22nd last week at Homestead and 14th earlier this season at Atlanta. Andretti ranks 30th in the NWCS, and the 38-year-old driver from Indianapolis, Ind., will make career start No. 261 on Sunday.

CASEY ATWOOD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers Dodge Intrepid R/T) Atwood will drive an Evernham Motorsports Dodge Intrepid R/T chassis that competed earlier this season at Las Vegas and finished 24th. Atwood qualified second and finished third last week at Homestead, his career best on the NASCAR Winston Cup Circuit. Atwood didn't qualify at March in Atlanta. The 21-year-old Raybestos Rookie of the Year contender from Nashville, Tenn., ranks third in the rookie standings and 26th in the NWCS.

STACY COMPTON (No. 92 Kodiak Dodge Intrepid R/T) Compton will race the same chassis that finished 32nd in October at Charlotte. Compton finished 43rd last week at Homestead and 24th earlier this season at Atlanta. Compton ranks 34th in the NWCS, and the 34-year-old driver from Grit, Va., will make career start No. 65 on Sunday.

JASON LEFFLER (No. 01 Cingular Wireless Dodge Intrepid R/T) Fresh off his first top 10 finish of the season last week at Homestead, Leffler will attempt to improve on his 10th-place showing at Atlanta. The 26-year-old Raybestos Rookie of the Year contender from Long Beach, Calif., ranks fifth in the rookie standings and 36th in the NWCS. He finished 32nd earlier this season at Atlanta.

BUCKSHOT JONES (No. 44 Georgia Pacific Dodge Intrepid R/T) Jones will drive a brand new chassis at Atlanta. Jones finished 34th last Petty will drive a new Petty Enterprises chassis at Atlanta. Petty finished 16th last week at Homestead, matching his best finish of the season. He finished 42nd earlier this year at Atlanta and ranks 43rd in the NWCS. The 41-year-old driver from Randleman, N.C., will make career start No. 608 on Sunday.

HUT STRICKLIN (No. 23 Hills Bros Dodge Intrepid R/T) Stricklin will drive the Bill Davis Racing chassis that took Dave Blaney to a 12th-place finish in Chicago. In his first start for BDR, crew chief Philippe Lopez and car chief Jimmy Penland will team up with Stricklin on Sunday to get a jump on the 2002 campaign.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Terry Labonte , Tony Stewart , Sterling Marlin , Chip Ganassi , Dave Blaney
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Bill Davis Racing