Marlin to run Coors Light entry at Nashville NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 11, 1998) - It's a return to "the old stomping ground" for Sterling Marlin, who will attempt to qualify a No. 1 Marlin Racing/Coors Light-sponsored Chevrolet in this...
Marlin to run Coors Light entry at Nashville NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 11, 1998) - It's a return to "the old stomping ground" for Sterling Marlin, who will attempt to qualify a No. 1 Marlin Racing/Coors Light-sponsored Chevrolet in this weekend's NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division BellSouth Mobility/Opryland 320 at Nashville Speedway USA.
According to Marlin, it will be a combined effort between Marlin Racing, of Columbia, Tenn., and Team SABCO, of Mooresville, N.C., which has offered over-the-wall personnel to pit the No. 1 Chevrolet on Sunday. Marlin drives full time in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series piloting the No. 40 Team SABCO-owned Coors Light Chevrolet.
Marlin says he hopes this one NASCAR Busch Series event will land him back in the same Victory Lane he had enjoyed many times from 1980 through '82, when he wore the crown of Nashville's track champion driving Late Model entries.
"It's always a thrill to get back (to Nashville)," Marlin said. "The last time I was there for a Busch race I sat on the pole (1996). But I got wrecked later in the race. I can get around that track for some reason. It's a lot of fun and a place that's naturally close to my heart.
"This weekend is extra special for both (wife) Paula and me because (son) Steadman (who is 17) is going to try to make the field for Saturday's Late Model race. Here comes the third generation of Marlins in racing. It'll be a lot of fun watching him progress."
Asked if there were any psychological advantages in returning to the track that afforded him so much success, Marlin smiled and nodded.
"When you go back to any place you're familiar with ... let alone a place where you've run really well, it sure makes you anticipate it a lot more," he said. "That will help get you around the track a lot better. This will be fun. There's no having to worry about points or this and that, which makes it all the easier to go out and show them you still have the knack to get around the track and win."
Marlin also qualified seventh for the 1995 NASCAR Busch Series race at Nashville.
The reason for the Coors Light sponsorship of Marlin this weekend is two-fold: First, it's the primary sponsor on his NASCAR Winston Cup Series entry and, second, Coors Brewing Company will be staging its annual Distributors Convention in the "Music City" on March 16-18.
Source: NASCAR Online