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I am not a Marlin fan but this is unfortunate. No one likes an injury for anyone. Best of luck to him for a total and fast recovery.

Jamie McMurray will drive the No. 40 Dodge for the rest of the season. Credit: Autostock
Injury forcing Marlin to miss rest of season
October 2, 2002
2:19 PM EDT (1819 GMT)




CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Sterling Marlin, who led the Winston Cup standings for 25 weeks, will miss the rest of the NASCAR season because of a broken vertebra in his neck.

Marlin was injured in a crash Sunday in Kansas, and the break in his vertebra was diagnosed Wednesday in Charlotte, said team co-owner Felix Sabates.

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Jamie McMurray, who was hired to drive a third car for Chip Ganassi Racing next season, will drive the No. 40 Dodge Intrepid for the rest of the season as well as complete the Busch series schedule for Brewco Motorsports, Sabates said.

Marlin took over the points lead after the second race of the season and held it until three weeks ago. He has slipped to fifth in the standings, 121 points behind new leader Jimmie Johnson.

Now he will miss the remaining seven races and will fall considerably further.

"Sterling obviously is very upset," Sabates said. "He felt like he had a legitimate chance at winning his first championship. Yes, the team had fallen off a little bit over the past few weeks, but with the tightness of the points race, he had a good a shot as anyone."

Jamie McMurray, hired to drive a third car for Chip Ganassi Racing next season, will drive Marlin's No. 40 Dodge Intrepid for the rest of the season.

Marlin took over the points lead after the second race of the season. He held on to it until three weeks ago. He had slipped to fifth in the standings, 121 behind new leader Jimmie Johnson.



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Damn that sucks, Dodges only chance for a championship now gone, hope Sterling heals well and come back next year with a vengeance.Maybe Elliot will go on a winning streak we can only hope.
 

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Man this suck`s i hope Marlin heals up for next year. Maybe Bill E. will carry the Mopar banner this year.
 
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