Marlin, Leffler Martinsville II preview

Sterling Marlin, driver No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid R/T · Marlin at Martinsville: In his 31 races at Martinsville, Marlin has nine top-10s and no wins. His best finish is second and it occurred twice (April 1992; April 1988).

Sterling Marlin, driver
No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid R/T

· Marlin at Martinsville: In his 31 races at Martinsville, Marlin has nine top-10s and no wins. His best finish is second and it occurred twice (April 1992; April 1988). Marlin has finished in the top-10 in his last two races at Martinsville.

· Short tracks: Marlin has competed in 128 short-track races without scoring a victory.

· Crewman ok: Bob Patterson, No. 40 Pit Coordinator, took a tumble on the front stretch of Lowe’s Motor Speedway following Marlin’s second 2001 season win. Patterson suffered a broken index finger and a bruised elbow. He will continue his assignments this weekend in Martinsville.

· New headrest: Marlin had trouble with his new headrest at Charlotte. He complained that he couldn’t see out the right side. The team made adjustments when the car returned to the shop.

· Marlin is currently fourth in overall NASCAR Winston Cup Series championship points. His highest championship finish ever is third (1995) when he won three races and scored nine top-5 finishes.

· Marlin is the only driver to remain in the top-10 in NASCAR Winston Cup championship points all season.

· Dominant Dodge: Marlin has lead the way for Dodge all season. He has nine top-fives and 16 top-10s. Marlin gave Dodge their first 2001 win in the Pepsi 400 at Michigan Speedway and their third win in the UAW-GM Quality 500 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.

Jason Leffler, driver
No. 01 Cingular Wireless Dodge Intrepid R/T

· Leffler did not start the April’ 01 Martinsville event.

· The team is taking chassis 106 to Martinsville. It is the same car that competed in Las Vegas and Darlington.

· Leffler is currently fifth in Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year points.

· His best finish of the season is 13th in the MBNA Platinum 400 at Dover Downs. Leffler’s best start of the season is 1st in the inaugural Kansas Speedway event– it was his first career Bud Pole Award.

Matt Chambers, crew chief, No. 01 Cingular Wireless Dodge Intrepid R/T:

“ Martinsville is a driver’s track. There are some guys who go there and they do well no matter what they are driving. When we go there this weekend, we will make some adjustments to the chassis but we’re mainly going to focus on driver concentration– that’s where we’re going to make gains.”

-CGR-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jason Leffler , Sterling Marlin