Rain, Fender Damage, Shove Marlin to 31st-Place Finish in Pocono 500 LONG POND, Pa. (June 10, 2007)-- The weather at Pocono Raceway that ultimately caused Sunday's Pocono 500 to be called early came at a bad time for Sterling Marlin and...
Rain, Fender Damage, Shove Marlin to 31st-Place Finish in Pocono 500
LONG POND, Pa. (June 10, 2007)-- The weather at Pocono Raceway that ultimately caused Sunday's Pocono 500 to be called early came at a bad time for Sterling Marlin and his No. 14 Ginn Racing team.
"We didn't want to see that rain," said Marlin, as he climbed from his Pep Boys Chevrolet. "That was terrible timing. I know we could've gotten a better finish but we didn't have a chance to work it out."
Marlin was unable to make a qualifying attempt for the Nextel Cup event because of a broken transmission and had to start from the back of the 43-car field.
But when the green-flag finally waved for the scheduled 200-lap event, Marlin quickly drove from 43rd to 25th and was continuing to make a move through the field.
"We had an awfully sporty car," said Marlin. "We were picking people off each lap and really making our way to the front. I was having a good time out there until our fender got knocked in."
The fender damage was the result of aggressive racing on the 2.5-mile tri-oval.
"The fender was knocked in some and we were suddenly really tight," said Marlin. "We did what we could to make repairs, but we only had one more pit stop and it was under green-- the Pep Boys Chevy just wasn't the same after that."
NASCAR red-flagged the race for rain of Lap 106 and called the event shortly after the stoppage.
"This would've been the fourth race in six events to rain out so I'm glad we got as much in as we could," said Marlin. "NASCAR tried to let us finish, but the weather just wouldn't cooperate."
Marlin continued, "It was a disappointing way to end the weekend. I guess we were behind the eight ball from the start, but it's still hard to swallow."
The next stop for Marlin and the No. 14 team will be Sunday at Michigan International Speedway.