Sunday, March 22, 2009

Saturday night was special for Sterling Marlin

AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain

I am a huge fan of the Marlin family and I couldn't be happier that Sterling Marlin captured last nights win at Scotts Saturday Night Special in Bristol. Sterling started on the pole after teammate Andy Petree finished first in his celebrity heat. The 51-year-old Columbia, Tennessee native was awarded the same trophy that will go to Sunday's Food City 500 winner.

"Man, that felt so good," said Marlin. "It felt so good to get in the car and to run like that. I had a great car and Andy got me a really good starting position. I had a great time. I'd like to do this again."

Rusty Wallace finished second, followed by L.D. Ottinger, Terry Labonte and Jimmy Spencer. Rounding out the 12-car field was Harry Gant, Phil Parsons, Jack Ingram, Cale Yarborough, David Green, Junior Johnson and Larry Pearson.

Ingram, a former legend in the Busch Series could be viewed as a sore loser. "I believe if they hadn't let those boys cheat, we'd have run better. They had their cars cheated up. The spoiler on Sterling's car was a lot bigger than everybody else's. And Rusty's car was sealed off better than ours was. That's just not any good."

In the first heat of the afternoon, Philadelphia Eagles place-kicker David Akers outlasted the field to take the win, while former crew chief and current ESPN analyst Petree picked up the win in the second heat.

Sterling will race in today's Ford City 500.

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Kristin said...

Sterling will always have a special place in my heart. He's such a sweet man and he LOVES the Vols as much as I do. Hehe! I was glad to see him win last night. And guess what? He stayed in his the entire time. That Daytona 500 will always make me laugh.

Megan said...

Ahh...I wont hold it against you that you are a VOL, lol. I am a huge Gator and from the moment I first met the Marlins, it was constant battle between us. At the 06 National Championship game, I got him to wear Orange and Blue and root on the Gators.