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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Sun Staff Writer | February 20, 1995
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Sterling Marlin looked in his rearview mirror and saw a shark. A big, black shark roaring up behind him, eating up the field. But Sterling Marlin, who had won only one other race in his Winston Cup career before yesterday, didn't flinch.Dale Earnhardt, the shark, may well be stock car racing's newest seven-time Winston Cup champion, but he never had won the Daytona 500, not in 16 previous tries. And Sterling Marlin had.So when Marlin looked in that rearview mirror, he remembered that.
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By SANDRA MCKEE and SANDRA MCKEE,SUN REPORTER | February 18, 2006
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman thought about his rookie year in pro football and paused. Aikman is now co-owner of Hall of Fame Racing, a Nextel Cup team that debuts in the Daytona 500 tomorrow. He had just been asked how long he thinks it will take his team to be competitive. "I hope it isn't as difficult as my rookie season was," he said. "I was 0-11 as a starter, but yet, if it is, I don't think anyone is going to be prepared to throw in the towel."
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February 14, 2004
Moves Baseball ATHLETICS: Agreed to one-year, $965,000 contract with P Chad Bradford, who had requested $1.125 million in arbitration; the team had offered $850,000. DIAMONDBACKS: Agreed to one-year, $2.6 million contract with 3B Shea Hillenbrand, who had requested $2.9 million in arbitration; the team had offered $2.4 million. DODGERS: Named Frank McCourt chairman and Jamie McCourt vice chairman. PHILLIES: Agreed to one-year, $3.95 million contract with 2B Placido Polanco, wo had requested $4.5 million in arbitration; the team had offered $3.4 million.
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By George Diaz and George Diaz,ORLANDO SENTINEL | February 23, 2004
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. - As the two cars closed hard toward the finish line, even the boys following the leaders felt the adrenaline rush. "I about drove it into Turn 3 watching Kasey [Kahne] trying to win his first race," Dale Earnhardt Jr. said. Kahne's dramatic charge on Matt Kenseth came up inches short, as the nose of Kenseth's Ford scratched the finish line first to win the Subway 400 at North Carolina Speedway yesterday. "It was a close one," Kenseth said. The margin was one-hundredth of a second.
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By SANDRA MCKEE and SANDRA MCKEE,SUN REPORTER | February 18, 2006
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman thought about his rookie year in pro football and paused. Aikman is now co-owner of Hall of Fame Racing, a Nextel Cup team that debuts in the Daytona 500 tomorrow. He had just been asked how long he thinks it will take his team to be competitive. "I hope it isn't as difficult as my rookie season was," he said. "I was 0-11 as a starter, but yet, if it is, I don't think anyone is going to be prepared to throw in the towel."
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By George Diaz and George Diaz,ORLANDO SENTINEL | February 23, 2004
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. - As the two cars closed hard toward the finish line, even the boys following the leaders felt the adrenaline rush. "I about drove it into Turn 3 watching Kasey [Kahne] trying to win his first race," Dale Earnhardt Jr. said. Kahne's dramatic charge on Matt Kenseth came up inches short, as the nose of Kenseth's Ford scratched the finish line first to win the Subway 400 at North Carolina Speedway yesterday. "It was a close one," Kenseth said. The margin was one-hundredth of a second.
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May 20, 1991
Allison takes The WinstonCONCORD, N.C. -- Davey Allison led from start to finish yesterday and took home $325,000 by winning The Winston, NASCAR's rich all-star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.Allison, 30, started from the pole and finished first in the opening 50-lap segment and again in the final 20-lap shootout around the 1.5-mile superspeedway.The Winston, in its seventh year, does not count in the Winston Cup Series points standings but that doesn't diminish the $875,000 purse.Considered a "fan's race" by NASCAR officials, The Winston FTC features the 17 drivers who won a Winston Cup race during the last year and the three top finishers in the preliminary Winston Open.
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By Sandra McKee | February 17, 2002
Dale Earnhardt Jr.: "I'm sick of finishing second," Earnhardt said after collecting his second runner-up finish of the week in the Twin 125 qualifying race Thursday. But he didn't seem to be trying as hard as he could in those races. "If it was the 500, I probably would have been going for it a little harder," he said with a sly grin, refusing to show his hand. Earnhardt, who drives the Bud Chevrolet, was second in what was a tragic race last year. His plan over the past two days was to spend much of his time figuring out what he can do to make a successful pass to win today.
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | March 27, 1995
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Sterling Marlin, previously a winner in only the Daytona 500, evaded a record rash of wrecks at Darlington Raceway and passed Dale Earnhardt for the lead 12 laps from the finish yesterday to triumph in a wild TranSouth 400.Crashes and spins forced 15 yellow flags in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series race, the most ever at the 1.366-mile track dating to 1950. By unofficial count, 29 of the 42 drivers were involved in the incidents that led to 87 of the event's 293 laps being run under caution.
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By Sandra McKee | August 25, 2002
It might have been the biggest gathering of Marlin fans outside Florida - but these fans had gathered at the Frederick Keys Single-A baseball game to see not the Florida Marlins, but Sterling Marlin, the Winston Cup stock car racing series points leader. This Marlin, from Columbia, Tenn., is involved in the closest points race in the sport's history. Before last weekend's race, seven drivers were within 150 points of the lead. That had never happened this late in a season. But the fans standing in line for autographs were not just hopping on some bandwagon.
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February 14, 2004
Moves Baseball ATHLETICS: Agreed to one-year, $965,000 contract with P Chad Bradford, who had requested $1.125 million in arbitration; the team had offered $850,000. DIAMONDBACKS: Agreed to one-year, $2.6 million contract with 3B Shea Hillenbrand, who had requested $2.9 million in arbitration; the team had offered $2.4 million. DODGERS: Named Frank McCourt chairman and Jamie McCourt vice chairman. PHILLIES: Agreed to one-year, $3.95 million contract with 2B Placido Polanco, wo had requested $4.5 million in arbitration; the team had offered $3.4 million.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | February 13, 2003
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Sterling Marlin had one finger almost touching the Winston Cup championship last season. For 25 weeks, he led the points race, and all he needed was another 1 1/2 months of consistency to bring home the trophy. It wasn't a little thing that stopped him. It wasn't a better driver in another car. It wasn't a broken car part. It was a broken body part. Marlin broke his neck in a hard crash in Richmond, Va., on Sept. 15. But he was so single-minded, he kept driving through pain that "felt like Joe Frazier had you down and hit you in the chest 52 times."
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By Sandra McKee | August 25, 2002
It might have been the biggest gathering of Marlin fans outside Florida - but these fans had gathered at the Frederick Keys Single-A baseball game to see not the Florida Marlins, but Sterling Marlin, the Winston Cup stock car racing series points leader. This Marlin, from Columbia, Tenn., is involved in the closest points race in the sport's history. Before last weekend's race, seven drivers were within 150 points of the lead. That had never happened this late in a season. But the fans standing in line for autographs were not just hopping on some bandwagon.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | May 18, 2002
Sterling Marlin is a simple man who loves simple things. He's a race-car driver. Comes from a family of race-car drivers. His daddy, Coo Coo, raced cars ever since Sterling can remember. He lives on a 600-acre farm outside of Columbia, Tenn., that he works himself, and says he couldn't stand city living, with all the noise and stuff. He speaks in a soft Tennessee drawl. It misleads some people into thinking he is one-dimensional and, for about four years, it added to the impression that he might not be that interested in big achievements.
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By Sandra McKee | February 17, 2002
Dale Earnhardt Jr.: "I'm sick of finishing second," Earnhardt said after collecting his second runner-up finish of the week in the Twin 125 qualifying race Thursday. But he didn't seem to be trying as hard as he could in those races. "If it was the 500, I probably would have been going for it a little harder," he said with a sly grin, refusing to show his hand. Earnhardt, who drives the Bud Chevrolet, was second in what was a tragic race last year. His plan over the past two days was to spend much of his time figuring out what he can do to make a successful pass to win today.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | July 7, 2001
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Sterling Marlin drove his Dodge around Daytona International Speedway at 183.778 mph to win the pole for tonight's Pepsi 400 Winston Cup race. "I worried a little through the rain delay, because you can never count anyone out," said Marlin, who has two Daytona 500 victories, one Pepsi 400 victory and owns the 400 qualifying record on this 2.5-mile tri-oval. Marlin had a long time to worry, as a thunderstorm hit and delayed the completion of qualifying by 3 hours, 10 minutes.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | February 13, 2003
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Sterling Marlin had one finger almost touching the Winston Cup championship last season. For 25 weeks, he led the points race, and all he needed was another 1 1/2 months of consistency to bring home the trophy. It wasn't a little thing that stopped him. It wasn't a better driver in another car. It wasn't a broken car part. It was a broken body part. Marlin broke his neck in a hard crash in Richmond, Va., on Sept. 15. But he was so single-minded, he kept driving through pain that "felt like Joe Frazier had you down and hit you in the chest 52 times."
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | February 26, 2001
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. - Such a long week for the Winston Cup series got even longer yesterday. The Dura Lube 400 was postponed after 52 laps at North Carolina Speedway when rain rolled in and made the prospect of reaching even the halfway point impossible. The race is scheduled to resume at 11 a.m. today. With a race in Las Vegas waiting at the end of this week and having just gotten through a week of mourning over the loss of seven-time champion Dale Earnhardt, who was killed during the Daytona 500, the Winston Cup teams were eager to finish this race and go home.
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | March 27, 1995
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Sterling Marlin, previously a winner in only the Daytona 500, evaded a record rash of wrecks at Darlington Raceway and passed Dale Earnhardt for the lead 12 laps from the finish yesterday to triumph in a wild TranSouth 400.Crashes and spins forced 15 yellow flags in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series race, the most ever at the 1.366-mile track dating to 1950. By unofficial count, 29 of the 42 drivers were involved in the incidents that led to 87 of the event's 293 laps being run under caution.
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