STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid R/T) NOTE: Marlin has a 143-point advantage over second-place Kurt Busch in the NASCAR Winston Cup Standings after the first 10 races. The difference in winning and leading the most laps and a...
STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid R/T)
NOTE: Marlin has a 143-point advantage over second-place Kurt Busch in the NASCAR Winston Cup Standings after the first 10 races. The difference in winning and leading the most laps and a 43rd-place finish is 151 points, so Marlin has pulled out to a seemingly comfortable advantage. However, just two races back, Busch was sixth in the standings, 182 points behind Marlin at the top, and Marlin led Matt Kenseth by only 27 points heading into Talladega. Marlin has gained 116 points over second place in the past two races, but Busch has gained 39 points on Marlin in the past two events.
"We've just got to try to keep that lead. It can really go away quick. A lot can happen, so we're just trying to take it race by race. It got down to 27 points and then Kenseth had some trouble at Talladega and Fontana. Busch has been running real good, and there's always going to be somebody knocking at your door. Hopefully we'll be able to keep slamming it shut.
"Rusty kind of knocked us in the wall Sunday at California and it knocked the tow in out and our car got real tight. We finally got it freed back up, and I think if we'd had a few more laps we could have finished in the top five. We probably had a top three car if we could have stayed out of trouble.
"I like running at Richmond. We were leading up there last time when we broke. It seems like you're either on or off up there. It's critical that you get the car driving good. It's a good track to race on. You can run side by side and mix it up a little bit. I've never been able to win up there (best finish was fourth in 32 career starts), but I know Tony and Lee will have the car ready when we get there, and it's always fun running under the lights. We'll give it all we've got and see where we end up. Then we'll take a week off and get ready for Charlotte. That Coors Light Dodge shines up real good under the lights at Richmond and Charlotte, so maybe May will be our month."