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Marlin Scheduled to Make 700th Career Cup Start at California FONTANA, Calif. (Aug. 30, 2006)-- Sterling Marlin is scheduled to make his 700th career NASCAR Cupstartin Sunday's Sony HD 500 raceat California Speedway. But before Sunday rolls ...

Marlin Scheduled to Make 700th Career Cup Start at California

FONTANA, Calif. (Aug. 30, 2006)-- Sterling Marlin is scheduled to make his 700th career NASCAR Cupstartin Sunday's Sony HD 500 raceat California Speedway.

But before Sunday rolls along, Marlin must qualify his No. 14 Ginn Clubs & Resorts Chevroletduring Friday's time trials.

The Columbia, Tenn.-native's rise in NASCAR's premier series started 30 years ago -- May 8, 1976 -- when he competed in his first Cup race, subbing for his injured father -- Clifton "Coo Coo" Marlin -- at Nashville Speedway.

Since then, Marlin has gone on to become one of NASCAR's most recognizable names. To date, Marlin's career statistics include 10 wins,x3 top fives,r16 top 10s andearnings of more thand39 million.

"I didn't even realize I was approaching 700 starts," said Marlin. "That's a pretty neat thing to achieve. When I got behind the wheel for the first time 30 years ago, I would've never imagined I'd still be doing it today. I feel very fortunate to have been able to something I love for all these years."

"I've become a member of a pretty neat group of guys," said Marlin. "There are some great names on that list and I'm proud to have joined it. Hopefully we can top the weekend off by having a good Marlin will become the 11th driver in NASCAR Cup history toreachthe 700-start milestone.

Other drivers with 700 starts include Richard Petty (1,185), Dave Marcis (883), Ricky Rudd (875), Terry Labonte (844), Darrell Waltrip (809), Kyle Petty (773), Bill Elliott (751), Bobby Allison (719), Rusty Wallace (706) and Buddy Baker (701).

showing for the Ginn Clubs & Resorts Chevrolet."

"One thing's for sure-- when you've been messing with race cars like I've been doing since I was 12 or 13-years-old, time flies," continued Marlin. "Racing is my life and I'm still having a blast."

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Bill Elliott , Darrell Waltrip , Terry Labonte , Rusty Wallace , Sterling Marlin , Dave Marcis , Richard Petty , Bobby Allison , Buddy Baker