Gibbs signs Marlin to NASCAR Busch Series deal By Shawn A. Akers LAS VEGAS (March 1, 1999) Sterling Marlin will drive a Pontiac owned by Joe Gibbs Racing and sponsored by Circuit City for five races in the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National ...
Gibbs signs Marlin to NASCAR Busch Series deal By Shawn A. Akers
LAS VEGAS (March 1, 1999) Sterling Marlin will drive a Pontiac owned by Joe Gibbs Racing and sponsored by Circuit City for five races in the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division in 1999, beginning with this Saturday's Sam's Town 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Circuit City spokesman Frank Burchfield said Monday.
Marlin, a two-time Daytona 500 winner and driver of Felix Sabates' No. 40 Coors Light Chevrolet in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, will attempt to qualify the No. 42 Circuit City Pontiac at Las Vegas this Friday in Bud Pole Qualifying. He will be a teammate this weekend to Gibbs' regular driver Bobby Labonte, who will drive the No. 18 MBNA America Pontiac.
Marlin is also scheduled to drive the Circuit City car at Texas in March, California in May, Dover in September and Phoenix in November.
The Pontiacs Marlin will drive are the NASCAR Busch Series cars formerly driven by Tony Stewart, who now pilots the No. 20 Home Depot Pontiac in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series as a Raybestos Rookie of the Year candidate. Gordon Gibbs will be the crew chief of the No. 42 Pontiac, and Marlin will have the same crew at the track as does the team owner's son, J.D. Gibbs, when he races, Burchfield said.
Marlin participated in five NASCAR Busch Series events in 1998, with two top-10 finishes. He finished seventh in the BellSouth Mobility/Opryland 300 at Nashville Speedway USA and 10th in the All Pro Bumper to Bumper 300 at Charlotte in October.
Circuit City is an associate sponsor on Joe Gibbs Racing's No. 18 Interstate Batteries Pontiac in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, driven by Labonte. It was formerly the primary sponsor on Chevrolets fielded by the Stavola Brothers in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series.
Circuit City remains the "Official Electronics and Appliance Store of NASCAR," and is a "Founding Sponsor" of DAYTONA USA, the "Ultimate Motorsports Attraction" located outside the fourth turn at Daytona International Speedway.
Source: NASCAR Online