Steadman Marlin to make Busch debut at Nashville By Dave Rodman

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Dec. 23, 1999) Steadman Marlin, the 19-year-old son of NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver Sterling Marlin, will make his NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division debut in the NASCAR Busch Series 320 on April 8 at his hometown Nashville Speedway USA.

The younger Marlin, who has won several feature events in the NASCAR Winston Racing Series Late Model Stock Car division at the .596-mile high-banked fairgrounds oval, will substitute for regular Team SABCO driver Kenny Irwin in the No. 42 BellSouth Mobility Chevrolet, Irwin said Thursday from Indianapolis.

Irwin, who was named in November to drive a full season in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series for team owner Felix Sabates in his No. 42 BellSouth Chevrolets, will also drive a half-schedule in the NASCAR Busch Series. However, there is a conflict on that weekend when the NASCAR Winston Cup Series is at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia.

Irwin said the younger Marlin, whose father is his teammate at Team SABCO in the No. 40 Coors Light Chevrolets, might also sub for him in other events but that that has not been determined.

Sterling Marlin, who along with his father Clifton "Coo Coo" Marlin is a multiple track champion at the Nashville short track, will also run a limited number of NBS races for Team SABCO. The team will field as many as six different drivers in its NASCAR Busch Series cars in the NASCAR 2000 season, Irwin said.

Steadman Marlin hopes his series debut comes in the sixth annual NASCAR Busch Series 320. The event is scheduled for Saturday, April 8 at 3 p.m. Bud Pole Qualifying for the NASCAR Busch Series cars and Twin 125-lap main events for NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Late Model Stock Cars and Exide ShorTrack Series Nashville SuperTrucks precede the 320 on April 7.