Sterling Marlin finishes 13th at the Monster Mile DOVER, Del. (September 21, 2003) --- Sterling Marlin and the Coors Light Crew overcame weather, a tight car and new racing rules to finish 13th in the MBNA America 400 at Dover International...
Sterling Marlin finishes 13th at the Monster Mile
DOVER, Del. (September 21, 2003) --- Sterling Marlin and the Coors Light Crew overcame weather, a tight car and new racing rules to finish 13th in the MBNA America 400 at Dover International Speedway on Sunday.
Marlin started the race 17th after qualifying was canceled due to Hurricane Isabel. By race time on Sunday, the weather was beautiful and Marlin and the Coors Light Dodge were ready to race. Marlin worked his way through the field and by lap 47 was running in the 12th position when he reported that the car was tight.
Marlin was able to stay up in the front of the field and when the yellow flag came out on lap 80 he brought the Coors Light Dodge onto pit road for four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment. During the 25 lap caution period, while the track was being cleaned, Marlin reported that the car seemed to be doing better and when the race restarted he was running in the 15th position.
The car continued to be tight off and on all day long despite the efforts of the Coors Light crew to make adjustments during pit stops. Although the car was tight, Marlin was able to run in the front of the field for the remainder of the race eventually finishing in the 13th position.
"We were just too tight," Marlin said. "The car was too tight in the center all day today. One time we got it about right, but other than that it was just too tight in the center. Other than that we had a solid run today. We stayed consistent all day and we were able to run well for the entire race."
Marlin maintained his 17th place in the Winston Cup championship points. Ganassi teammates Jamie McMurray and Casey Mears finished 6th and 36th respectively.
The Coors Light team races at Talladega Superspeedway next weekend. The race will be broadcast live on NBC television and MRN radio on Sunday, September 28th.