Sterling Marlin Drives the Aspen Edge Dodge to Eighth Top-15 Finish at Pocono LONG POND, Pa, (August 1, 2004) --- Sterling Marlin and the Coors Light crew persevered with a never give up attitude to post a 15th-place finish in the Pennsylvania...
Sterling Marlin Drives the Aspen Edge Dodge to Eighth Top-15 Finish at Pocono
LONG POND, Pa, (August 1, 2004) --- Sterling Marlin and the Coors Light crew persevered with a never give up attitude to post a 15th-place finish in the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway. Marlin's 15th place finish was his eighth top-15 finish of the 2004 season and his highest finish at Pocono Raceway since the June race last season.
The Aspen Edge Dodge qualified in the fourth spot for the Pennsylvania 500 but within 24 laps had fallen to the 15th position. The Coors Light crew made several adjustments including putting in and taking out spring rubbers, making several air pressure, track bar and wedge adjustments, raising the spoiler angle and changing the front shocks during the race to take the checkered in the 15th position.
"The car was sliding on turn 3," Marlin said. "The guys worked really hard and made several adjustments, including changing the shocks and were able to keep me on the lead lap. We were able to get a top 15 finish but the car could have been a lot better."
The biggest adjustment of the day came on lap 84 when Marlin brought the Aspen Edge Dodge down pit road to change the front shocks. The Coors Light crew was able to get both front shocks changed, the track bar adjusted and put on four fresh tires in three quick stops and Marlin was able to restart on the lead lap in the 30th spot.
Marlin remains 18th in the NEXTEL Cup championship points, just 261 points out of the top 10 after his 15th-place finish at Pocono. Ganassi teammates Casey Mears and Jamie McMurray finished 18th and 30th respectively.
The Coors Light crew heads to Indianapolis Motor Speedway next weekend for the Brickyard 400.