Former open-wheel star bounces back f...

Former open-wheel star bounces back from missing NASCAR race

There are 21 comments on the www.sportsline.com story from Apr 11, 2008, titled Former open-wheel star bounces back from missing NASCAR race. In it, www.sportsline.com reports that:

A week after failing to qualify at Texas, Dario Franchitti was back in the starting lineup at Phoenix International Speedway and feeling pretty good about the team's improvement.

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Since: Aug 07

Morris, IL

#1 Apr 11, 2008
Heck Yeah! Go DARIO :)
Reed Fan

Waterloo, Canada

#2 Apr 11, 2008
Put Sterling Marlin back in the 40 car and he will qualify for every race.
Reed Fan

Burgessville, Canada

#3 Apr 11, 2008
Dario isn't a good fit for the 40 car. Marlin should drive it.

Since: Aug 07

Morris, IL

#4 Apr 11, 2008
That would be great I've always liked him, more then Dario anyday!

Since: Aug 07

Morris, IL

#5 Apr 11, 2008
Sterling Marlin (born June 30, 1957 in Columbia, Tennessee) is a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver who drove the #14 Waste Management Chevrolet Monte Carlo for Ginn Racing until being replaced by Regan Smith on July 17, 2007. His future plans are uncertain at this time. He is the son of former NASCAR driver Coo Coo Marlin. Outside of racing he enjoys watching Tennessee Volunteers football and collecting Civil War artifacts. He is married to Paula and has a daughter, Sutherlin, and a son, Steadman, who sometimes races in the Busch Series.

Since: Aug 07

Morris, IL

#6 Apr 11, 2008
Let's talk about him I have all of his stuff! Yiphee so glad I found some clowns that finally agree with me who cares if they're trolls.

Since: Aug 07

Morris, IL

#7 Apr 11, 2008
While he attended Spring Hill High School, Marlin played high school basketball and football, earning the captain status his senior year while he played quarterback and linebacker. In 1976, he made his NASCAR debut at Nashville Speedway, filling in for his injured father in the #14 H.B. Cunningham Chevrolet. He started 30th and finished 29th after suffering oil pump failiure early in the race. He made two more starts in 1978, finishing ninth at World 600 and twenty-fifth at Nashville for Cunningham. He ran Nashville again in 1979, finishing seventeenth. In 1980, he posted two top-tens, eighth in the Daytona 500 for Cunningham, and seventh at Nashville for D.K. Ulrich. From 1980 to 1982,Marlin was a three time track champion at the historic Nashville Speedway USA.

Since: Aug 07

Morris, IL

#8 Apr 11, 2008
In 1983, Marlin was hired by Roger Hamby to drive his #17 Hesco Exhaust Chevrolet. He posted a tenth-place finish at Dover International Speedway and finished nineteenth in the standings, clinching the Rookie of the Year award. After finishing 15th at Daytona for Hamby in 1984, Marlin spent most of the season running for Sadler Brothers Racing, posting two top-ten finishes. He also competed in one race apiece for Jimmy Means and Dick Bahre. Marlin only made eight starts in 1985, seven of them coming for Sadler, his best finish twelfth at Talladega Superspeedway. He ended his season at Charlotte Motor Speedway, driving the Helen Rae Special. He finished 29th, after suffering flywheel failure.

Marlin moved over to the #1 Bull's Eye Barbecue Sauce car owned by Hoss Ellington in 1986. His best finish that season came at the Firecracker 400, where he finished second. He got a full-time job in 1987, when he was hired by Billy Hagan to drive the #44 Piedmont Airlines Oldsmobile. He had four top-fives and finished eleventh in points. The following season, he had seven finishes of eighth or better in the first ten races and finished tenth in the standings. In 1989, the team received sponsorship from Sunoco and switched to the number 94. He tied a career-best thirteen top-ten finishes but dropped to twelfth in the final standings. He left the team at the end of the 1990 season. During the 1990 season, he won his first career Busch Series race at Charlotte, driving the #48 Diamond Ridge Chevrolet owned by Fred Turner.

Since: Aug 07

Morris, IL

#9 Apr 11, 2008
This is my favorite picture of him.
http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t244/abw11...

Since: Aug 07

Morris, IL

#10 Apr 11, 2008
http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q309/deifa...

Look him in the 40 car Yiphee! now you tell me some good things about him! come on trollers get to it!

Since: Aug 07

Morris, IL

#11 Apr 11, 2008
My book I love about him the most is Sterling Marlin the silver bullet ever read it?

Since: Aug 07

Morris, IL

#12 Apr 11, 2008
Ok I'll catch up later. Have to go now sorry. I don't know if you know this or not but a race is on. Oh maybe sterlings there1
Reed Fan

Burgessville, Canada

#13 Apr 11, 2008
Sterling could have won the championship until that bad crash.

Since: Aug 07

Morris, IL

#14 Apr 11, 2008
I went ahead and killed this, it will be just for our man Sterling. I'll make another one for DArio.
I'll check back later!
Reed Fan

Burgessville, Canada

#15 Apr 11, 2008
He never was good on the road courses. Daytona during the red flag was good.
Reed Fan

Burgessville, Canada

#16 Apr 11, 2008
Nice win for Kyle. Great for Edwards.
Reed Fan

Burgessville, Canada

#17 Apr 11, 2008
Later

Since: Aug 07

Morris, IL

#18 Apr 11, 2008
I was hoping you'd add something. NO fun
Reed Fan

Waterford, Canada

#19 Apr 11, 2008
More Daytona 500 wins then Dale Sr. Even Cope won one before Sr. Drove for a better chevy team in the 90's. RCR was a joke. I.E. Camshaft at Charlotte. The #4 team had different sounding engines. Didn't wreck equipment like Ernie Irvan.
Reed Fan

Waterford, Canada

#20 Apr 11, 2008
Hendrick needs him to win races. Mears has to go.

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