Loudon II: Sterling Marlin race report

Marlin Brings Home 25th-Place Finish at New Hampshire LOUDON, N.H. (Sept. 17, 2006)-- Sterling Marlin overcame numerous close calls in Sunday's Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway, bringing home a 25th-place finish in the NASCAR...

Marlin Brings Home 25th-Place Finish at New Hampshire

LOUDON, N.H. (Sept. 17, 2006)-- Sterling Marlin overcame numerous close calls in Sunday's Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway, bringing home a 25th-place finish in the NASCAR Nextel Cup series event.

Marlin, who started the 300-lap event 30th, was a victim of early trouble on the 1.058-mile oval when Kyle Busch and Jeff Green made contact on Lap 3. When Green's car hit the wall a loose spring flew from his machine and landed in front of Marlin's No. 14 Ginn Clubs & Resorts Chevrolet.

"Our bad luck started pretty early today," said Marlin. "We ran over that spring and it caused some damage to the front-end and right behind the left-front tire. We had to come down pit road to work everything out. When we restarted we were pretty far back in the field."

Marlin's next obstacle came on Lap 90 when a chain reaction of slowing race cars forced Marlin to make contact with the No. 16 (Greg Biffle) and No. 48 cars (Jimmie Johnson).

"Biffle checked up right in front of me and I got into the back of him a little," explained Marlin. "That sent me up the track and into Jimmie and it sent him into the wall. That caused a good bit of front-left fender damage so we had to spend some time in the pits working on that as well."

After that incident, things remained calm for Marlin until a last-lap wreck at the start finish line.

"We barely missed that last wreck," said Marlin. "All of a sudden the No. 1 car (Martin Truex Jr.) was spinning up the track in front of me. I just narrowly missed touching him and then I looked in my mirror and saw the No. 32 (Travis Kvapil) about to come off the ground. That was a close call for sure."

"Considering all the bullets we dodged today, I'd say we should be glad we got out of here in one piece with the Ginn Clubs & Resorts Chevy," continued Marlin. "A 25th-place finish isn't what we were aiming for, but we didn't tear up the race car so that counts for something."

Marlin's MB2 Motorsports team will make its next stop Sunday (Sept. 24) at Dover International Speedway. The race will be broadcast live on TNT beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET.

-credit: mb2 motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Greg Biffle , Jeff Green , Sterling Marlin , Jimmie Johnson , Martin Truex Jr. , Kyle Busch , Travis Kvapil