NASCAR DRIVER PROFILE - STERLING MARLIN

Sterling Marlin made a pretty strong statement in 2001 that he was not content to drive in the middle of the pack.

  • 2001 victories: Pepsi 400 at Michigan International Speedway, UAW-GM 500 at Lowe's Motor speedway. Born: Franklin, Tenn.
  • Resides: Columbia, Tenn.
  • Family: Sterling Marlin and his wife, Paula, have two children, Steadman and Sutherlin.
  • Team: Chip Ganassi Racing
  • Car: Dodge
  • Sponsor: Coors Light
  • Car owner: Chip Ganassi
  • Crew chief: Lee McCall

2001 review: Talk about career revival. Sterling Marlin, who finished 19th in points in 2000, rebounded under new owner Ganassi and a new manufacturer, Dodge, to post two wins and finish a career-best third in points.

2002 outlook: With a year's experience with Dodge under its belt, Sterling Marlin's team should be poised to make a serious run for the championship.

Marlin has won 10 career poles, with five coming in the 1992 season.

An eight-time winner, Sterling made his first start in 1976 in his father's car at Nashville after Coo Coo Marlin hurt his shoulder. He ran in one or two events each season until 1983, when he hooked up with car owner Roger Hamby and won rookie of the year.

Sterling Marlin drove for Jim Stacy, D.K. Ulrich, Earl Sadler, Hoss Ellington, Billy Hagan, Helen Rae, Junior Johnson, the Stavola Brothers and others before joining Morgan McClure in 1994. That's where he had the most success, with best finishes of third and eighth in the standings, until 2001 and his move to Chip Ganassi's Dodges.

Sterling Marlin made a pretty strong statement that his Chip Ganassi Racing Coors Light Dodge team would be a strong contender for the 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup championship with his first top-10 points finish in five years, in 2001.

Beginning with Speedweeks 2001, where Marlin won Gatorade 125 qualifying race for the Daytona 500 and then finished seventh in the "Great American Race," Marlin's team was the only one to remain in the top 10 in the standings for the entire year, ultimately tying his career high of third.

Sterling Marlin scored Dodge's first victory in its return to Winston Cup racing after a two-decade absence as he won at Michigan International Speedway in August. He scored another victory, at Lowe's Motor Speedway and had 12 top-fives and 20 top-10s, which added up to a career high in money won, $4,517,634.

Marlin has experienced the pinnacle of exhilaration in Winston Cup racing, as he won consecutive Daytona 500s in 1994 and 1995. But in 2001 he traveled a new road in his 16th full season in the sport racing the new Dodge Intrepid for Ganassi.

The entrance of Ganassi, who bought a majority stake in Felix Sabates team and the return of Dodge provided a huge resurgence for Marlin. Marlin struggled in 2000, with one top-five finish and seven top-10s en route to a 19th place finish in the final point standings. Perhaps telling the tale of his odd and frustrating season was that his best race was a runner-up finish to Jeff Gordon on the road course at Sears Point.

While he is perhaps best known as only the third driver in Winston Cup history to win back-to-back Daytona 500s, joining Richard Petty and Cale Yarborough, Sterling Marlin has a successful short track background, including Nashville Speedway USA championships in 1980-82.

He made his Winston Cup debut in 1976, replacing his father after a crash broke his shoulder. He has won eight times in Winston Cup and also won the Winston Open in 1988-89 and 1993.

Sterling Marlin was a football standout at Columbia High in Tennessee and was named Tennessee Professional Athlete in 1995-96. He played in four bowl games and was team captain as a senior, playing quarterback and linebacker. He also played basketball in high school and continues to be a huge University of Tennessee Volunteers fan.

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