WEST ALLIS, Wisc. – official release — Bruce Nuttleman/Speed 51 photo — At the age of 56, Sterling Marlin still has some unfinished business in racing.
The two-time Daytona 500 winner filed an entry for the ARCA Fest JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour event at The Milwaukee Mile on June 8. Marlin was a frequent visitor to Milwaukee years ago in his NASCAR days, and now he’s looking for a win there.
“I always enjoyed Milwaukee,” Marlin said. “The fans, the night life and all the history around that track. I am looking forward to going up there and being a part of it.”
Marlin will bring his NASCAR success and championships on the short track level to Milwaukee and will be a formidable threat to win the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour event on June 8.
“Moving ARCA Fest to a weekend left us with some challenges when it came to inviting special guests from NASCAR,” said ARCA Fest event organizer Steve Einhaus. “Sterling has been doing some racing and he seemed like such a perfect fit for our event. He’s got a great personality and he cares a whole lot about short track racing and the fans in general. We are honored that he decided to race with us and I’m sure he will be a pick to win the JEGS All Star 100.”
Marlin won a total of 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in his career at venues like Darlington, Charlotte, Talladega and Michigan. While his NASCAR success came mostly on speedways, his racing roots are on the short tracks. He is a three-time track champion at the legendary Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, Tenn. and still, even years after leaving the NASCAR scene, Marlin can usually be found at a short track with his Late Model on any given weekend.
“The car we plan on taking is a Lefthander chassis and it’s been good to us this year,” said Marlin. “It’s won us three or four races at Nashville so hopefully we can tweak it just right for Milwaukee.”
Marlin made one start at the Milwaukee Mile in the series now known as the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 1994. He broke a clutch after just 41 of the 250 laps, finishing 39th.
Now in the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour 100, Marlin looks to settle some unfinished business in Milwaukee.
“It’s flat, that’s for sure,” Marlin said of the Milwaukee Mile. “It seems like you are out of the gas forever when you coast through the corners. It’s good that they are still racing there. It was not but three or four years ago and the place was dead. It’s the oldest race track in the country and Nashville is the second oldest, so I like running the old tracks.”
“We are going to give it our best shot,” said Marlin. “Flat tracks can be a bit challenging on knowing when to get back in the gas. We are in the same boat as everyone else.”