Loudon II: Sterling Marlin preview

DESPITE RECORD, MARLIN SEES BRIGHT FUTURE LOUDON, N.H. (Sept. 12, 2006) - A new team owner and a new crew chief have Sterling Marlin feeling more upbeat about his No. 14 MB2 Motorsports team. Since the beginning of the 2006 season, changes...

DESPITE RECORD, MARLIN SEES BRIGHT FUTURE

LOUDON, N.H. (Sept. 12, 2006) - A new team owner and a new crew chief have Sterling Marlin feeling more upbeat about his No. 14 MB2 Motorsports team.

Since the beginning of the 2006 season, changes have taken place at MB2, including a new majority owner in Bobby Ginn and most recently, adding Richard "Slugger" Labbe as the crew chief to the No. 14 roster.

"With Bobby coming in as a deeply committed owner and the experience Slugger brings to the table, I only see bright things for this team," Marlin said.

Though he got hit early, resulting in a disappointing 30th-place finish in Richmond last week, Marlin believes it was a step in the right direction toward ending the season on a high note.

"Last week was the first time we had Slugger making calls on the pit box and things worked well," said Marlin. "We got behind the eight ball early in the race after we got turned by the No. 20 car, but we had a fast Chevy all night."

"We may not be in the Chase, but we've still got something to prove," added Marlin. "We've always known this team is capable of being successful, and we still believe that. That's why we're going to continue racing as hard as ever to get to where we need to be."

The team's first chance to improve its record will be in this weekend's Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway.

"Everyone's ultimate goal is to make the Chase," noted Marlin. "But we didn't put ourselves in contention for it. So now we focus on what we can do to make ourselves better and to getting ourselves running up front each week.

"There are teams out there racing for the championship or racing for the 11th position in points, and we aren't one of them. Those guys will be out tip-toeing around trying not to make mistakes. We can go out, be aggressive and work on our consistency. We're still hungry for success."

-credit: mb2 motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Sterling Marlin