Wimmer, Marlin replace Wallace in No. 78 car

Aug 16, 2007 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Fox Sports

“I'm excited about the opportunity. This weekend, I'm going to work with Jay and Joe to concentrate on a good qualifying run. I think this will be a good deal for both of us.”

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angelnthewind

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#1
Aug 17, 2007
 
Will Sterling drive at Bristol for anyone?
SURE HOPE SO.
NASCARNUT

Pittsfield, ME

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#2
Aug 17, 2007
 
Sterling is the best !!!!!!!
Whoyakidding

Cary, NC

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#3
Aug 17, 2007
 
It's beyond hard for a one car team with a shop in the middle of Mooresville, NC to be close to competitive but for a one car operation trying to operate out of Denver, Co. it's damn near impossible. Lots of luck Scott and Sterling. You're a better man than me Gunga Din. Kenny has given the car a hell of a ride and I'm hoping he is stepping aside because of an opportunity for something better.
Still a Sterling Fan

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#4
Aug 18, 2007
 
I'm afraid this Furniture Row Deal will go south faster than a New Yorker in winter. Wimmer couldn't qualify at Michigan, which is where Sterling might have been able to, and now they're talking about running Marlin at Bristol. Sterling always said he loved short track racing, and yet he was no good at it. He's going to have to qualify on time there, and if they want the car in the race he's going to have to drive as if his life depended on it. I agree about the one-car shop. It'll only take a few weeks before they start talking about selling the team or merging with someone. If your car isn't even in the race, what's the sponsorship value of all the money you're spending? Nothing, of course.
Dave

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#5
Aug 20, 2007
 
Marlin has an average Bristol finish of 15.7, doesn't sound too awful to me. That ranks 10th best of all active drivers at Bristol. Just FYI. Good Luck Marlin!
CooCoo for Sterling

Rome, GA

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#6
Aug 20, 2007
 
I agree with Dave on this one. Sterling's past finishes at Bristol have not been bad. He's just gotten caught up in some of the wrecks. I think that he should've had the opportunity to drive Michigan (where he's won) and again at Bristol. He is an accomplished veteran of the circuit who knows the track that is in his back yard. I think he'll do well for his home-state fans, as well as the rest of us. An maybe we'll see him have the chance to get into another ride for next year. Anyone want to start a team?
DAG_23

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#7
Aug 21, 2007
 
Hey Sterling I thought we were not going to drive crap? The biggest piece of it is the 1 car team based out of Colo. the #78. I am happy to see you in a car but lets hold out for a decent ride. Big time Sterling Marlin fan Raleigh NC
Kenzo

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#8
Aug 22, 2007
 
Sterling should qualify good at Bristol, after all think about all of the memories. This is the place where the hot dog stand is on the back stretch, Sterling and his crew ate 275 of them a couple of years ago. Not to mention, this is where Sterlings hair / peice caught on fire. Go sterno!

“Always Proud Of Sterling”

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#10
Aug 25, 2007
 
DAG_23 wrote:
Hey Sterling I thought we were not going to drive crap? The biggest piece of it is the 1 car team based out of Colo. the #78. I am happy to see you in a car but lets hold out for a decent ride. Big time Sterling Marlin fan Raleigh NC
This is just a guess. Since it appears G*** has not given Sterling his release yet...why? we have no clue...he may not have signed a contract with FR yet. The lawyers are still working on the original G*** contract.
Sterling may simply have consented to help the team out. Maybe even at Kenny's request. Makes as much sense as anything else I've heard lately. The man wants to drive. I just want to see him happy...and this could just be a stop-gap measure for him.
He has said he will run the rest of the COT races for FR this season. Perhaps on a race-by race basis, it won't be jeopardizing his contract with G***.
Doug Lombardo

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#11
Aug 26, 2007
 
No comment, just a question, Why in the heck did Petty choose Wallace to drive for him instead of Marlin, a much better driver? Please enlighten me. I am a huge Marlin fan! Go Sterling!!!
Doug Lombardo

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#13
Aug 28, 2007
 
I agree with you about the 40 car, I hope it never wins again. I hope the 14 stays away too. What a great combo, Petty/Marlin, I'll bet a lot of people would love to see that. Then just get a little more guts in the 45 and it will come home. Any news on if he'll try to qualify for California? Keep the faith!
Still a Sterling Fan

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#15
Aug 28, 2007
 
They put Nemechek in the 78 car for California. Goodbye, Sterling. I said before that Sterling's deal didn't look like it would last. This is the third driver in that piece of junk in 3 weeks. I got news for Furniture Row: It ain't the driver, it's the lousy one-car garage. Nemechek can still qualify with some of the top drivers, and maybe he'll make the field on time, but with what that team is giving the drivers to drive I'd be amazed if he's even on the lead lap at the end of the race. I really believe Sterling should look for a good Busch team and try to show some of the Cup teams that he's still got it. Otherwise, he's going to end up frustrating himself, driving in junk that barely qualifies, and then give up altogether. Unless he's hurting for money, maybe that'd be the best thing for him. I'll miss the guy when he's gone, because he was a clean racer and a good person. I hate to see him grubbing for a ride, though.
tnt

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#17
Aug 29, 2007
 
Yup - It breaks my heart to see Sterling looking for a ride, but I think it'd break my heart even worse to see him in a foregin POS. Some people may think I'm just a big readneck, but I don't think I'll ever be able to stomach seeing those Toyotas making their away around the track. Sterling - if it comes down to it and as much as I would hate to see you leave the game please stay away from Toyota, that line of cars even makes me sick on the average road now. Never paid much attention before, but now whenever I see them I always wonder about the charecter of the person behind the wheel. FYI - Toyota is not an American made car no matter how many times a day they try to tell us they are. At the end of the day when all the bills are paid there's a boat load of money (profit) going back over seas. Sterling = American - Toyota = Japan.
tnt

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#19
Aug 29, 2007
 
I'm not 100% sure, but my guess the rush to the car of tomorrow was most likely not for safety reasong but rather pressure (i.e. money) for NASCAR to give Toyota and others like Honda a chance to be competative and get into/or stay in the game. Puke, cough, ahhhhhhhhh, what the hell happened to my favorit sport? I feel like an old man looking for the good old times, but I'm not old yet and the "good" old times were only a few years ago. I believe Nascar thinks they have dopes like me under their thumb, I'm in my mid 30's, I work hard every day, and with God's help I've got some cash to blow; however I find myself watching fewer and fewer races. The new cars make the races more and more boaring, the races keep starting later and later on the east coast, and now Sterlings gone. I think I'm pretty much out. Trying to comb my own back hair would be more exciting than watching crappy foreign cars, run around crappy/boaring wide tracks. Good-night NASCAR, you've lost the magic. I hope I'm not the only person feeling this way? I can only hope more and more people can voice their discontent (don't give them any of your money) in hopes for a change, but alas I fear it's to late. The lemmings will likely follow in step and keep feeding the machine, who in my opinion are no longer worthy. Sorry for just waisting 30 seconds of your life, I'm done for now.
Still a Sterling Fan

North Pole, AK

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#20
Aug 29, 2007
 
Every year there's a new crop of 19 - 22 year old drivers moving up from the local racing circuits. Another year or so and you probably won't see more than a couple drivers in the Cup races over 45. Heck, there are only a few right now! Sterling's probably only looking at filling a seat on a marginal team for the opportunity to get some laps while they groom the next big thing. The days of one car teams are going the way of the horse and buggy. Nascar's gotten to be kind of a mess, anyway, because the top teams are like the Red Sox and Yankees: if you've got the dough, you'll get more than your share of championships. Like any other sport, it's a shame when someone who used to be great hangs on too long. Sterling had some good years and could have won a championship if the neck thing didn't happen, but I hate seeing anyone root for a guy to just stay in the top 35...heck, that means you're only better than the bottom 8 on any given race day. Makes me sad, but maybe hanging it up is the best move. Once you give up on being a champion, you're just doing it for the paycheck. Take a look at the PGA - the 125th best guy makes a million now, and couldn't care less if he ever wins a tournament.
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#21
Sep 2, 2007
 
I'm happy for Joe Nemechek for qualifying the 78 in California, and I hope he does better than I expected in the race. The whole deal with NASCAR still kind of bugs me, because supposedly it's a huge business, but anymore the only people able to really make money are the owners of NASCAR, not the owners of the teams...no matter how big the team. If the teams don't have "sponsors" they simply can't compete. How many other major sports would last five years under that model? You think the NFL owners would think they had a viable sport if there was no sharing of revenue from marketing the product? Not one team sells enough tickets to break even in todays salary market in major sports, but the TV and merchandise money make the owners rich. In NASCAR, many of the owners have to go begging for sponsors every year. Look what happened to Ginn Racing when they found out there's no waiting list of corporations willing to shell out millions to fund a team. With three and four car teams dominating the standings, the single car teams are slowly being phased out. Tony Stewart was right when he compared it to pro wrestling.
Still a Sterling Fan

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#22
Sep 2, 2007
 
Well, Nemechek made it 8 laps before the motor blew. Any bets on whether that team has a new driver next week? Or even fields a car for the next race? What a model for how NOT to run a race team. They might have considered just running a Busch team where less people would notice that they're trying to learn how to manage a team. Kenny Wallace might have actually been a good driver at one time, just stuck with one awful car after another.
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#23
Sep 3, 2007
 
Still a Sterling Fan wrote:
Well, Nemechek made it 8 laps before the motor blew. Any bets on whether that team has a new driver next week? Or even fields a car for the next race? What a model for how NOT to run a race team. They might have considered just running a Busch team where less people would notice that they're trying to learn how to manage a team. Kenny Wallace might have actually been a good driver at one time, just stuck with one awful car after another.
These drivers for this car does not have a chance.
It should be called Junk Row.They need to keep that pile of junk at home.....
Still a Sterling Fan

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#24
Sep 3, 2007
 
Heck, they can't even get their lousy web site to work. It's probably managed by the same guy that does their engines.
Still a Sterling Fan

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#25
Sep 9, 2007
 
Yay! Good job, Furniture Row. Nemechek was able to finish in the top 43 this week! Sweeeeeeeeet!

Why don't they team up with Salvation Army and a couple thrift shops and reaaaaaaaaaally field a great team. They can sell used clothes to raise money to replace all the blown engines, flat tires, etc.

Sterling, be glad you aren't part of that.

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