Marlin Preseason Thunder report 2006-01-16

MARLIN FASTEST IN DAYTONA 500 TESTING DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 16, 2006) --In his MB2 Motorsports debut, Sterling Marlin made a strong impression, posting the fastest speed Monday during the first day of testing for the ...

MARLIN FASTEST IN DAYTONA 500 TESTING

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 16, 2006) --In his MB2 Motorsports debut, Sterling Marlin made a strong impression, posting the fastest speed Monday during the first day of testing for the Daytona 500. Behind the wheel of his new No. 14 Waste Management Chevrolet, Marlin toured the the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway in 48.100 seconds at 187.110 miles per hour. Marlin's MB2 Motorsports teammate Joe Nemechek was fourth fastest with a time and speed of 48.282 seconds at 186.405 miles per hour.

"It's been a long time since I've been able to come to Daytona and be the fastest car on the track," said Marlin, a two-time Daytona 500 winner. "MB2 has a history of fast superspeedway cars and all the credit goes to the guys on the team. Everyone that's a part of this organization has worked hard, and that -- combined with our Hendrick engines-- have resulted in fast racecars."

Marlin's two Daytona 500 victories -- 1994 and 1995 -- place him as only one of three drivers to ever claim back-to-back wins at the historic race. The other two were Richard Petty and Cale Yarborough.

"Both of our Waste Management Chevrolets were fast off the truck," said Marlin, whose MB2 Chevy's (No. 14a and No. 14b) were second and fourth fastest in the morning practice and first and fifth in the afternoon session. "Now we can tweak and nitpick and work to find more speed come Tuesday and Wednesday.

"We're starting off on the right foot. Running like we did today makes me wish the Daytona 500 was this Sunday."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Sterling Marlin , Richard Petty , Cale Yarborough