Leader of the pack: Sterling Marlin

Sterling Marlin currently leads the point standings, hoping he can grab his first Winston Cup Championship at season's end. "If we can be leading the points when we go back to Richmond in the fall, I think we got a good shot at it. We just try to...

Sterling Marlin currently leads the point standings, hoping he can grab his first Winston Cup Championship at season's end. "If we can be leading the points when we go back to Richmond in the fall, I think we got a good shot at it. We just try to go week in, week out and try to win the race. If we can't have that, pull a top five out. If we can't have that, try to pull a top-10 out. Like I said, if we're still leading in September, we got a good shot at them."

And Marlin has reason to believe he has a good shot. After only 10 races into the 2002 season, the driver of the Ganssi No. 40 Dodge, already has two wins and eight top-10 finishes.

The down part of Marlin's current success? He won't be racing this weekend while NASCAR takes a break to observe Mother's Day. "I've been doing this since I was 15 years old. When we do get a week off, I about go nuts. It don't bother me a bit. Racing is all I've ever done. It's no big deal to me to go every week to a racetrack."

44 year-old Marlin leads the standings over 30 year-old Matt Kenseth by 132 points. Sitting third in the standings is Kurt Busch, a mere 23. Marlin isn't the least bit intimidated by the younger drivers moving up in the sport; "The young guys are really coming on good. Us old guys are gonna have to step it up a little bit. I still feel young, I'll take them on in football anytime."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Sterling Marlin , Kurt Busch