Steadman Marlin debuts at Milwaukee

Billy Ballew Motorsports tabs Tennessean to drive No. 9 Vokal Ford at the Milwaukee Mile MOORESVILLE, NC (June 24, 2003) -Steadman Marlin has never driven in a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race and he has never even seen the Milwaukee ...

Billy Ballew Motorsports tabs Tennessean to drive No. 9 Vokal Ford at the Milwaukee Mile

MOORESVILLE, NC (June 24, 2003) -Steadman Marlin has never driven in a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race and he has never even seen the Milwaukee Mile, but this weekend the 22 year old Columbia, TN native gets the chance to do both. Marlin will pilot the No. 9 VOKAL/FASSCORE Marketing Ford for Billy Ballew Motorsports in the GNC 200. Marlin is the son of NASCAR Winston Cup competitor Sterling Marlin and shares the same down-home demeanor that his famous father is known for, a character trait that will make him right at home with his truck owner Billy Ballew.

"Running in the truck series will be a good deal for me," Marlin said. "The horsepower is similar to a Winston Cup car and every time I have driven my dad's Cup car I have had a pretty decent run in it. The competition in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is similar in my eyes to the Busch Series so I think I can compete with these guys. It is going to be fun, I am sure of that."

Marlin has 22 NASCAR Busch Series starts over the past four seasons. Marlin's best NBS finish was earlier this year at California when he came home in15th place. To his credit Marlin places none of the blame on the equipment he drove.

"To be honest the equipment I had to drive has been pretty good," Marlin stated. "The situations haven't always been the best and the chemistry has not been what it should. That's why I am really looking forward to working with Billy, he is a great guy and he shoots it to you straight and expects the same back. We see eye to eye and that is the way this business should be."

Even though Marlin has not set foot upon the hallowed ground of the Milwaukee Mile, America's oldest racetrack, he will have some help from some experienced sources. NASCAR Busch Series veteran crew chief Tommy Morgan will be Marlin's main mechanic and Marlin is calling in advice from old friends to help figure out Milwaukee's one-mile layout.

"Casey Atwood has given me a scouting report," Marin said. "He told me about those wide sweeping corners and the fast straight-aways. I have only seen the place on television but I like those flat type tracks. My goal this weekend is to get some seat time and prove to everybody that I can run in this series. If I can do that then maybe Billy will run me in some additional NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series events."

The GNC 200 at the Milwaukee Mile is scheduled for Saturday June 28th at 3:00 ET. The race will be broadcast live nationally on the Speed Channel and MRN.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Sterling Marlin , Casey Atwood , Steadman Marlin