News & Multimedia

Where Are They Now? Sterling Marlin

The story went around in NASCAR garages everywhere at the time.

NASCAR driver Coo Coo Marlin, his wife, Eula Faye, and their son Sterling were sitting at the dinner table one night. Coo Coo, rapid fire, said “pass-the-potatoes-please-Sterling’s-going-to-run-Talladega.”

Thus began the career of Sterling Marlin, a second-generation driver who carved his way after his father, one of NASCAR’s top independents, as they were called at the time, was winding up a distinguished career of his own.

When Sterling Marlin retired in ‘08 from the NASCAR Cup wars, he had made 748 starts with 216 top-10 finishes, 10 wins and 11 poles. He won the Daytona 500 back-to-back in 1994-95, and no one has repeated that feat. He won three straight poles at Daytona between the track’s two Cup races.

And he made his mark at the Brickyard 400. He started third in 1995 and finished second to Jeff Gordon in 2001 among 13 starts at the Speedway. He was one of the first NASCAR drivers to call the Speedway front stretch “the tunnel” because NASCAR drivers weren’t used to running with grandstands on both sides of the track.

Marlin’s Cup career is over. But he’s not quite “retired.”

At Nashville Superspeedway, the track where he and his father first started their careers, he still takes the flag once in a while.

“Just to have fun,” said Marlin, 55. “We won three out of six last year, and we’re running seven races this year.”

Today, Marlin lives on an 800-acre ranch near his hometown of Spring Hill, Tenn., and has a driver development program for those on their way up.

“I don’t have much time to do anything else,” he said.

Marlin’s son, Steadman, ran 28 Nationwide races and a few in the Camping World Truck Series. But he is not driving this year.

“It costs a lot of money to run a full season,” Sterling said. “Steadman’s 31. It’s the 15-16-17-year-olds who are going to be the next group.”

But there on his website (www.sterlingmarlinracing.com) is a picture of Sterling with his Nashville late model. And it’s put to good use.
 

Show More Show Less
Now Viewing
Where Are They Now? Sterling Marlin
 
Where Are They Now? Sterling Marlin
NASCAR driver Coo Coo Marlin, his wife, Eula Faye, and their son Sterling were sitting at the dinner table one night. Coo Coo, rapid fire, said “pass-the-potatoes-please-Sterling’s-going-to-run-Talladega.”
Read More
Related Media
Indiana College Preparatory School
 
IMS Sponsoring Two Students in Unique Work-Study Program
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is partnering with Indianapolis’ Providence Cristo Rey College Preparatory School in Indianapolis on its acclaimed program that introduces students to professional work environments.
Read More
Kyle Busch
 
No Catching Dominant Busch at Prolonged Brickyard
Never before had a driver in this NASCAR race been so dominant, but the defending Sprint Cup Series and Brickyard 400 champion had to endure a series of four restarts beginning on Lap 153 that prolonged a 160-lap race 10 additional laps at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Read More
Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart
 
Two Hoosiers, One Final Memorable Moment at The Brickyard
Tony Stewart couldn’t imagine a better farewell, aside from winning, than to invite Jeff Gordon for one more 2.5-mile drive at the track that has meant so much to both NASCAR rivals. Sunday was supposed to be Stewart’s final Brickyard 400. Last year was supposed to be Gordon’s swan song.
Read More
Kyle Busch
 
Kyle Busch Wins 2016 Crown Royal 400 at the Brickyard
The Joe Gibbs Racing driver dominated Sunday’s Crown Royal presents the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard, leading 149 of 170 laps from the pole and surviving four restarts late in his No. 18 Skittles Toyota. He joined Jimmie Johnson (2008-09) as the only driver to repeat in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis.
Read More
Jimmie Johnson
 
Brickyard Hopefully The Elixir for Struggling Hendrick Motorsports
That’s what happens when an entire four-car team synonymous with NASCAR success sputters in an improbable slump. Owner Rick Hendrick’s four cars have failed to finish in the top 10 in the past three races entering Sunday’s Crown Royal presents the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard.
Read More
Items 1 - 5 of 700
Reserve one of our hospitality suites for your next event!
To start planning your event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway please fill out our Information Request Form or contact Laura Wyamn at (317) 492-8557 or email at lwyman@brickyard.com.
Latest Tweets
.@joeylogano is on pole! Don't forget to tune in on Sunday - NASCAR @MISpeedway #NASCAR #PureMichigan400 https://t.co/7nPglBRSxc
about 2 hours ago