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COORS LIGHT TEAM FACTS: * Chassis: The Coors Light team will race historical chassis ...


* Chassis: The Coors Light team will race historical chassis #115 this weekend at California Speedway. Chassis #115 has been through a lot in the past two years. It won two races in 2001 including the first win for Dodge. In 2002, #115 finished ninth in Atlanta and was wrecked in The Winston. Team manager Andy Graves thought the car was totaled but the Coors Light team repaired it and Sterling tested the car and ran well. Later that year, #115 competed in two more races - Martinsville with driver Mike Bliss and Phoenix with driver Jamie McMurray. This is the first race for the car in 2003 and the first time Marlin is back in his favorite #115 since it wrecked in The Winston.

* On a roll: Marlin has scored three top-10 finishes in his last four races.

* Sunny California: Marlin has scored top-10 finishes in his last two races at California Speedway.

* California native: Engine specialist Tony Santanicola is originally from Vacaville, Calif.


"California is a good track to race on.  I like going out there to race.
The only part I don't like about it is the traveling.  I wish they could
group all of those West Coast races together.  Just stay out there for three
weeks and get them all done.  It's tough on the crew guys to be traveling
out there every couple weeks.  They don't get enough time off as it is."

"We've had some good runs here the past few weeks. The guys have done a great job in the shop and we got some top-10 finishes. We just had some bad luck at the start of the season. I think we're on a roll now and finishing like we should. All the guys should be rested up from the week off. We'll be ready to go this weekend."


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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Sterling Marlin , Jamie McMurray , Mike Bliss