Loudon II: Sterling Marlin race report

Sterling Marlin and the Coors Light crew finish 29th in New Hampshire LOUDON, N.H. (September 14, 2003) --- Sterling Marlin and the Coors Light team worked hard and stayed in the top-20 all day despite the car being tight and vibrating.

Sterling Marlin and the Coors Light crew finish 29th in New Hampshire

LOUDON, N.H. (September 14, 2003) --- Sterling Marlin and the Coors Light team worked hard and stayed in the top-20 all day despite the car being tight and vibrating. Unfortunately, a late race green-flag pit stop resulted in a stop-and-go penalty for pitting outside the box and the team finished 29th in the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway.

"We fought the car all day," Marlin said. "In the beginning it was tight and then about halfway through the race it started to vibrate and it was hard to turn the car. The Coors Light team worked hard today and we'll just have to get it next week at Dover."

Marlin started the race in the ninth position but reported early on that the car was tight. Marlin was able to keep the car running in the front of the field until the first round of pit stops on lap 85. The Coors Light crew took four tires, fuel and made a trackbar adjustment to try and fix the car. However, 30 laps later Marlin reported that the car was still tight. Marlin continued to run in the 16th position and when the yellow flag waved on lap 126 he brought the Coors Light Dodge in for more adjustments.

The Coors Light team used pit strategy on lap 182 when they stayed out during a caution for track position. Marlin took over the fourth spot and was able to stay in the front of the field for several laps before the car started vibrating. The team pitted on the next caution and restarted on lap-198 in 15th place. Marlin fought hard to work his way up to 11th with 17 laps to go. Then on a green-flag pit stop for fuel only on lap 286, Marlin received a stop-and-go penalty for pitting outside his box.

Marlin and the Coors Light team ended the race in the 29th position. Marlin maintained his 17th place in the Winston Cup championship points. Ganassi teammates Jamie McMurray and Casey Mears finished 10th and 17th respectively.

The Coors Light team races at Dover International Speedway next weekend. The race will be broadcast live on NBC television and MRN radio on Sunday, September 21st.

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