Fontana: Sterling Marlin race report

The Coors Light Dodge Sweats Out a 27th-place Finish FONTANA, Calif. (May 2, 2004) --- Sterling Marlin and the Coors Light team fought the heat and the handling of the car to finish 27th at California Speedway. "It was a long, hot day at...

The Coors Light Dodge Sweats Out a 27th-place Finish

FONTANA, Calif. (May 2, 2004) --- Sterling Marlin and the Coors Light team fought the heat and the handling of the car to finish 27th at California Speedway.

"It was a long, hot day at the office," Marlin said. "We never could get the car right. First it was tight and then it was loose. We tried to do a bunch of different changes to the car but we played catch up all day and we never got caught up."

After starting the race in the eighth position, the Coors Light Dodge fell back to the 25th position by lap 17. Marlin reported that the car was "real, real tight." The first caution came on lap 21 and Marlin told the crew that the car needed a whole lot of help. The Coors Light crew put four fresh tires, fuel, and made trackbar and air pressure adjustments in order to free up the Coors Light Dodge.

The Coors Light Dodge was still tight when the second caution flag waved on lap 52, the crew made a slight air pressure adjustments and put on four tires and fuel. The Coors Light Dodge restarted the race on lap 54 in the 26th spot.

Marlin had worked his way up to 18th on lap 79, when he radioed that the car was getting looser and looser. Marlin brought the Coors Light Dodge down pit road on lap 93 and the crew made trackbar and wedge adjustments and returned to the track 20th.

Marlin would make two more pit stops in the final 150 laps where the crew continued to try and fix the handling of the car. The Coors Light Dodge ended the day with a 27th-place finish in the Advance Auto Parts 500 at California Speedway.

Marlin dropped one spot to 15th in the NEXTEL Cup championship points just 138 points out of the top 10. Ganassi teammates Casey Mears and Jamie McMurray finished eighth and 15th respectively.

The Coors Light team is off next weekend for Mother's Day. The team will return in two weeks for the Chevy American Revolution 400 at Richmond International Raceway.

-cgr-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Sterling Marlin , Casey Mears , Jamie McMurray