Martinsville: Sterling Marlin race report

MARLIN NOTCHES TOP-15 FINISH IN MARTINSVILLE MARTINSVILLE, Va. (April 2, 2006)--Sterling Marlin had his sights set on a top-10 result for the Ginn Clubs & Resorts team in Sunday's DIRECTV 500.When the green flag signaled the beginning of the ...

MARLIN NOTCHES TOP-15 FINISH IN MARTINSVILLE

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (April 2, 2006)--Sterling Marlin had his sights set on a top-10 result for the Ginn Clubs & Resorts team in Sunday's DIRECTV 500.When the green flag signaled the beginning of the 500-lap event, however, Marlin found his hands full with a loose racecar and settled for a 14th-place finish at Martinsville Speedway.

The MB2Motorsports driver started from the sixth spot after a strong effort in Friday's qualifying session.

But when Marlin took the green flag at the .526-mile flat track, he reported a loose racecar and found himself dropping back in the field.The No. 14 Ginn Clubs & Resorts team, led by crew chief Doug Randolph,worked hard in the pits throughout the day and the veteran driver wheeled his way to atop-15 finish.

"All-in-all, it wasn't a bad afternoon," said Marlin. "Doug (Randolph) did a great job in the pits making changes to the Ginn Clubs & Resorts Chevy, we just started off really free and could never quite get it where we wanted it. It certainly wasn't a lack of effort on anyone's part. Things just never clicked for us."

Although he wasn't satisfied with Sunday's final result, Randolph believes the finish is a step in the right direction.

"These guys never give up and that's what it's all about," said Randolph. "We aren't happy with a 14th-place finish-- we want to win races. But we're making improvements and getting better each week. If we continue to do that, things will work out for us."

"The team did well today," continued Randolph. "We qualified up front, finished on the lead lap, and moved up in points and don't have to qualify on time. Now we need to focus on doing that every week. If we can do that, we'll be okay."

-mb2m

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Sterling Marlin