Career Chronology: Sterling Marlin
- 1976: Made his NASCAR debut at Nashville Speedway.
- 1986: Took second at the Firecracker 400.
- 1990: Had his first win at the Charlotte Busch Series.
- 1994: Won his first Daytona 500.
- 1995: Won his second Daytona 500.
- 2000: He won his second career Busch Series race.
- 2002: Won the Chrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
- 2002: Takes his final Cup victory at the Darlington Raceway.
- 2008: Inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame.
- 2010: Announced his retirement from racing.
- 2013: Inducted into the Daytona Stock Car Racing Hall of Fame
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Career Highlights: Sterling Marlin
- His NASCAR debut was in 1976 at the Nashville Speedway, taking the spot to fill in for his injured father.
- By the 1980 season, he posted two top-tens, eighth in the Daytona 500 for Cunningham, and seventh at Nashville for D.K. Ulrich.
- He won the 1994 Daytona 500 driving for Morgan-McClure Motorsports in the #4 Kodak-sponsored car.
- He went on to win the Daytona 500 race again the following year, becoming only one of three drivers to do so.
Biography: Sterling Marlin
As the son of NASCAR driver Coo Coo Marlin, Sterling Marlin was born in 1957 in Columbia, Tennessee. He started his own racing career early on, making his NASCAR debut in 1976 at Nashville Speedway, and he is most famously known for his double wins at the Daytona 500 in 1994 and again in 1995. His career started with several top-ten finishes in the late seventies, and from 1980 to 1982 he was a three-time champion at Nashville. His full-time Cup career started with his NASCAR Rookie of the Year campaign in 1983.
In 1986, he took second at the Firecracker 400, and by 1987 he had found a full-time ride and reached four top-five finishes. He took his first win at the Busch Series race in Charlotte during the 1990 season. In 1994, he won the Daytona 500 driving for Morgan-McClure Motorsports, and he also came back to win the title the following year. He is in an elite class of consecutive winners, along with Richard Petty and Carl Yarborough. Marlin won twice more during the 1995 season and finished a career high third in the point standings, during a four-year run with Morgan-McClure Motorsports. In 2000, he won his second career Busch Series race, driving for SABCO at Bristol Motor Speedway.
With several more career wins under his belt, such as at the Michigan International Speedway and the Chrysler 400 in 2002, the Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 at Darlington Raceway that year would be the final win of his Cup career. Sterling Marlin announced his retirement from racing formally in 2010, and he currently owns a Dodge dealership in Dickson, Tennessee. In 2012, Marlin publicly revealed that he had been diagnosed with Parkinsonism. He was inducted into the Daytona Stock Car Racing Hall of Fame in 2013.
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