Richmond II: Sterling Marlin race report

Marlin Relegated to 30th-Place Finish in Richmond RICHMOND, Va. (Sept. 9, 2006)-- Sterling Marlin could not overcome a loose-handling racecar as the Waste Management driver posted a 30th-place finish in Saturday night's Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at...

Marlin Relegated to 30th-Place Finish in Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. (Sept. 9, 2006)-- Sterling Marlin could not overcome a loose-handling racecar as the Waste Management driver posted a 30th-place finish in Saturday night's Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway.

Marlin started the 400-lap NEXTEL Cup event 28th and looked to be working his way through the field. But on Lap 35 he was turned around by the No. 20 car (Tony Stewart) and fell a lap down.

"I don't know what Tony's problem was," said Marlin. "He just dumped us trying to get by. I know he wanted to get to the front in a hurry, but it's a long race and it was too early for that."

Marlin was able to keep the Waste Management Chevrolet from making contact with the outside wall. The team eventually made its way back on the lead lap, but couldn't make a charge through the field.

"We had a good race car, but could never get the track position we needed," said Marlin. "When we were a lap down, we were racing up front with the leaders and keeping up with them. But once we got that lap back we were in the back of the field and couldn't get through the traffic."

In addition to being the last race before The Chase for the NEXTEL Cup begins, Saturday night's event was also Richard "Slugger" Labbe's debut as crew chief for the No. 14 Chevrolet.

"A lot of people had something vested in tonight's race," said Labbe. "But just because this team wasn't vying for a spot in the Chase didn't mean tonight wasn't important for us."

"While we were definitely disappointed in the final result, it was our first race working together and things went well," continued Labbe. "Sterling drove his heart out, the guys had great pit stops and we had a pretty good racecar-- we just weren't able to capitalize and bring home a better finish."

The next stop for the MB2 Motorsports team will be New Hampshire International Raceway on Sunday, Sept. 17.

-credit: mb2 motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Tony Stewart , Sterling Marlin