Marlin out for season with broken vertebrae

Chip Ganassi Racing's Sterling Marlin will have to sit out the remainder of the 2002 season after suffering a "non-displaced fracture of the ...

Chip Ganassi Racing's Sterling Marlin will have to sit out the remainder of the 2002 season after suffering a "non-displaced fracture of the #2 cervical vertebrae" as a result of his accident at Kansas Speedway this past weekend.

Jamie McMurray who was recently named as Ganassi's third driver for 2003, will step in to the #40 Coors Light Dodge for the remainder of the 2002 season, with the exception of Martinsville. McMurray will be in Memphis competing in the Busch Series race that weekend. The 26-year-old will also continue the season in his #27 Busch Series ride for Brewco Motorsports.

Marlin was the points leader from the second race of the season at Rockingham and held the points all season long until falling to second two weeks ago to Mark Martin. Following his accident in Kansas, he fell to fourth.

"It is unfortunate that Sterling has to end his season early due to his injury. We are expecting Sterling to make a full recovery and be ready to go for the title chase again in 2003," said car owner Chip Ganassi.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Sterling Marlin , Jamie McMurray , Chip Ganassi , Mark Martin
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing