Richmond: Sterling Marlin preview

No. 40 TEAM FACTS: * Chassis: The Coors Light team will race chassis ...


* Chassis: The Coors Light team will race chassis #504 this weekend at Richmond. This is the same car that Marlin piloted to a 26th-place finish at Phoenix earlier this season.

* Last Spring at Richmond: Marlin and the Coors Light team overcame a 32nd starting spot, a loose handling car and eight cautions to finish 15th in the American Revolution 400 at Richmond International Raceway last spring. He was 15th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup championship points standings when he left RIR.

* The Best at Richmond: Marlin has competed in 38 races at Richmond International Raceway. His highest starting spot was third in 1998 and 2001, and his highest finish came in the fall of 1999 when he finished fourth.

* NASCAR NEXTEL Cup points standings: Marlin slipped to 18th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup points standings after finishing 41st last weekend at Darlington. Marlin is 131 points out of the Chase for the NEXTEL Cup.


"We are taking the same car that we had in Phoenix, and that we tested earlier this month at Richmond. We learned a lot about the car in Phoenix and at testing, so when we came back from the test we made some changes. We think these changes are in the right direction and we are hoping for a solid top-10 or top-15 run to get some momentum back in regards to the points standings."

Comment on the morale of the Coors Light team after two disappointing weeks of racing?

"The whole team is very hopeful. The last two weeks were hard because we had a top-10 car at Talladega and a top-five car in Darlington, but both races we had setbacks. These small setbacks are bound to happen in racing, but teams are measured by how they can come back from them. I think the Coors Light team is going to rally this week with a strong finish."


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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Sterling Marlin