Bristol Motor Speedway
The Bristol Motor Speedway, formerly known as Bristol International Raceway and Bristol Raceway, is a NASCAR short track venue located in Bristol, Tennessee. Constructed in 1960, it held its first NASCAR race on July 30,1961 and it has been named one of the loudest NASCAR tracks. Bristol Motor Speedway is the fourth largest sports venue in America, the track is so short that speeds here are far lower than is typical on most NASCAR oval tracks, but they are very fast compared to other short tracks due to the high banking. The congestion inherent in this facility and the power of the cars, the track is one that tends to be either loved or hated by the fans and the drivers. Bristol races are often the scene of the highest number of yellow-flag caution laps in the NASCAR season, with so many cars in such a small space, the drag strip at this facility has long been nicknamed Thunder Valley. Both current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races held at Bristol are for 500 laps, the race is sponsored by area grocery chain Food City.
The late summer race has rotated among several sponsors, from 2001 to 2015, Newell Rubbermaid sponsored this race, first under its Sharpie brand and its Irwin Tools brand. Starting in 2016, Bass Pro Shops will be primary sponsor of the summer race, many of the fans come from the East Tennessee area, but thousands more come from all parts of the country to experience Bristols unique brand of racing. Even in the off-season, the complex attracts fans during the Christmas season by facilitating a miles-long holiday lights display that culminates with a lap on the speedway track itself. The track long advertised its banking as 36 degrees, which at one time made it the most steeply banked track used by NASCAR, however, BMS now lists its banking at 24 to 30 degrees, reflecting the results of the tracks most recent resurfacing in 2007. Even before the resurfacing, there was dispute as to the accuracy of the measurement. In the 1980s, ESPN often claimed the turns were banked at 35 degrees during television telecast of events at the track, in an interview with Stock Car Racings Larry Cothren, driver Ryan Newman openly disputed the measurement of the banking of Bristol Motor Speedways turns.
Newmans crew measured the banking during a test session to aid with setups, a Camping World Truck Series open test noted the banking had dropped following resurfacing, to 22–27 degrees, in a variable banking configuration. Another anomaly is that the overall length means that there are two sets of pits, which prevents a garage from being built due to limited space. Until 2002, slower starters were relegated to those on the backstretch and that year, the rules were changed to form essentially one long pit road. This rule eliminated the inherent disadvantage of pitting on the back stretch. During green flag pit stops, cars with pit stalls on the back stretch enter the pits in turn 2 and exit in turn 3, those with pits on the front stretch enter in turn 4 and exit in turn 1. Since the new pit rules were instituted, several drivers have made mistakes during green flag pit stops by driving through both pit roads when only one is necessary for green flag pit stops
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is the top racing series of the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing. It is named for the current sponsor, Monster Energy, but has been known by names in the past. The series began in 1949 as the Strictly Stock Series, in 1971, when the series began leasing its naming rights to the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, it was referred to as the Winston Cup Series. A similar deal was made with Nextel in 2003, and it became the Nextel Cup Series, Sprint acquired Nextel in 2005, and in 2008 the series was renamed the Sprint Cup Series, which lasted until 2016. In December 2016, it was announced that Monster Energy would become the new sponsor starting in 2017. The championship is determined by a system, with points being awarded according to finish placement. The season is divided into two segments, after the first 26 races,16 drivers, selected primarily on the basis of wins during the first 26 races, are seeded based on their total number of wins. They compete in the last ten races, where the difference in points is greatly minimized and this is called the NASCAR playoffs.
The series holds strong roots in the Southeastern United States, with half of the races in the 36-race season being held in that region, the current schedule includes tracks from around the United States. Regular season races were held in Canada, and exhibition races were held in Japan. The Daytona 500, the most prestigious race, had an audience of about 16 million U. S. viewers in 2009. Cup Series cars are unique in automobile racing, the engines are powerful enough to reach speeds of over 200 mph, but their weight coupled with a relatively simple aerodynamic package make for poor handling. The bodies and chassis of the cars are strictly regulated to ensure parity, in 1949, NASCAR introduced the Strictly Stock division, after sanctioning Modified and Roadster division races in 1948. Eight races were run on seven dirt ovals and on the Daytona Beach beach/street course, the first NASCAR Strictly Stock race was held at Charlotte Speedway on June 19,1949. Jim Roper was declared the winner of race after Glenn Dunaway was disqualified for having altered the rear springs on his car.
The division was renamed Grand National for the 1950 season, reflecting NASCARs intent to make the more professional. It retained this name until 1971, the 1949 Strictly Stock season is regarded in NASCARs record books as the first season of GN/Cup history. Martinsville Speedway is the track on the 1949 schedule that remains on the current schedule
John Edward Ward Burton III is an American stock car racing driver. He has five wins in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, including the 2002 Daytona 500. He is the brother of fellow NASCAR driver and NASCAR on NBC broadcaster Jeff Burton. He currently operates the Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation, a conservation, Burton began his NASCAR Busch Series career in the 1990 season and competed full-time for four seasons. In his first season, he had 23 starts with three Top-10 finishes, ending the season in 21st place and his results improved steadily over the next three years. For his second season, he had 29 starts with two Top-5 finishes and 10 Top-10 finishes, completing the season in 18th place, burtons third season in 1992 brought his first win on February 29 at Rockingham in the number 27 Gwaltney car owned by Alan Dillard. He completed the season in eighth overall with one win. His final full-time season in 1993 brought three more wins, nine Top-5 and 10 Top-10 finishes, ending up in place in the final points standings.
In 1995, Burton started driving for Buz McCall in the No.95 Caterpillar, Chevrolet after John Tanner was released. He drove for Bill Davis Racing in 1996 for eight starts in the No.22 MBNA Pontiac, Burton did not start another Busch Series race until 1999 when he ran five more races for Bill Davis with sponsorship from Siemens. He accumulated three top-5 and five top-10 finishes including a 2nd-place finish at Dover International Speedway and he ran one race for Innovative Motorsports and their No.47 Chevrolet. In 2000, Burton ran five races for Davis with sponsorship from Polaris Industries. He ran two races in 2001 for Tommy Baldwin Jr. s new team with Pillsbury sponsorship, on January 2,2007 Brewco Motorsports Inc. announced Burton would drive the No.27 Kleenex Ford Fusion in the Busch Series in 2007. Burton was to drive 20 races for Brewco Motorsports and Kleenex and he was released late in the season. Burton moved up to the Winston Cup Series in 1994 and he ran 26 of 31 races in the No.31 Hardees-sponsored Chevy for A. G.
Dillard Motorsports, winning his first career pole at Charlotte Motor Speedway and finishing 35th in standings. He returned to the No.31 ride in 1995 but he was released midway through the season and he moved to the No.22 Bill Davis Racing MBNA-sponsored Pontiac after 21 races, where he won the AC-Delco 400 at Rockingham. Caterpillar became the new sponsor for the car in 1999. In the 2000 season, he won the Mall. com 400 at Darlington Speedway and had seventeen Top 10 finishes to finish 10th in the points standings
Elliott William Barnes Sadler is an American professional stock car racing driver. Sadler is one of 27 drivers who have at least one win each of NASCARs top three series, Sadler was born in Emporia, Virginia, he is the younger brother of former NASCAR driver Hermie Sadler. Sadler began racing in go-karts at the age of seven, and his accomplishments include over 200 total wins, the 1983–84 Virginia State Karting Championship, and the North Carolina Gold Cup in 1991–92. When he turned 18, he moved to the Winston Racing Series and that same year, he achieved his first victory. In 1995, he was crowned champion at South Boston Speedway. Sadler was an athlete in high school, participating in football, baseball, cross country, soccer. He was recruited by over 20 universities to play college basketball, however, he injured his knee before his freshman season and needed two surgeries, eventually quitting school to focus on racing. Sadler moved up to the Cup Series full-time in 1999, driving the No.21 Ford Taurus for Wood Brothers Racing.
His best finish that year was 10th at Texas Motor Speedway and he returned to the Busch Series on a part-time basis, filling in for the injured Andy Santerre for Innovative Motorsports, his best finish being fifth at California Speedway. He drove a handful of races for Lyndon Amick, Sadlers only Top 10 finish in 2000 was 7th at Bristol, after failing to qualify at Talladega Superspeedway, and he dropped to 29th in points. He had a flip at Michigan Speedway after cutting a tire in practice. In 2001, Sadler won his first Cup victory at Bristol and he had another Top 10 run and finished 20th in points. After seven Top 10s and a fall to 23rd in points in 2002, Sadler left for Robert Yates Racing to drive the No.38 Ford, replacing Ricky Rudd. In 2003, his first season of competition with Robert Yates and that year, he had a vicious crash at Talladega after near-contact with Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and touched the right-front fender of Kurt Busch. His car flew into the air, flipped twice, landed on his roof, spun towards the banking, Sadler started the 2004 season with a Top 10 finish in the Daytona 500 and six races later, he won at Texas Motor Speedway for his 2nd career win.
He stayed in the Top 10 in points all season and won at California Speedway, beating Kasey Kahne and he made the Chase, and finished a career high ninth in the championship points standings. He had another flip-crash at Talladega after he spun out and blew over onto his roof, Sadler was uninjured in that crash, and he was even able to drive his car back to the garage. Sadler failed to win a race again in the 2005 season, however, he did clinch four poles and he made sixteen starts for Robert Yates in the Busch Series, driving the No.90 Taurus, and had three Top 5 finishes
William Clyde Bill Elliott, known as Wild Bill, Awesome Bill from Dawsonville, or Million Dollar Bill, is a retired NASCAR driver. Elliott won NASCARs Most Popular Driver Award a record 16 times and he withdrew his name from the ballot for that award after winning it in 2002. In 2005, Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue declared October 8 as Bill Elliott Day in the state of Georgia and he was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America on August 15,2007 and into the 2015 class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Elliott has honored by the state legislature with a stretch of roadway in his native Dawsonville renamed Elliott Family Parkway. William Clyde Elliott was born in Dawsonville, Georgia on October 8,1955, according to his autobiography, many generations of Elliotts resided there. He was named after two relatives and is the youngest of three boys and his parents were Erving George Elliott Jr. and Mildred Reece His father George created a lumber company and loved racing, and created a speed shop where Bills brothers and Dan, worked.
His father was a Ford person and created a Ford dealership as there were not any in the area, Elliott has two daughters and Brittany, and a son, William Clyde II. The 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series champion, Chase Elliott currently competes in the Cup Series for Hendrick Motorsports, Brittany Elliott joined the Air Force in Security Forces. Driving a car owned by his father, George Elliott, Elliott made his first Winston Cup Series start at Rockingham in 1976. He qualified 34th in a field of 36 cars, Elliott only lasted 32 laps that day before the oil pump failed in his Ford Torino, earning him $640. Elliott toiled for five years in the Winston Cup Series without corporate sponsorship, in mid-1977, Elliott bought a Mercury Montego from Bobby Allison after his split from Penske Racing to replace the inferior Torino, and the move paid off. He soon earned his first Top 10 finish in the Southern 500, in the fall of 1980, Elliott gained his first major sponsor in the form of $500 from Harry Melling of Melling Racing in the 1980 National 500 at Charlotte.
Melling would extend his contract and gave the team enough sponsorship to run a 12 race schedule in 1981, in 1983, Elliott earned won his first Winston Cup race in the final race of the season — the Winston Western 500 at Riverside. Elliott finished four times including the Daytona 500 on his way to a third-place finish in the championship point standings that season. He gained full sponsorship from Coors in 1984 to the tune of $400,000 and he collected four poles and finished third in the final points standings for the second time. In 1985, Elliott scored 11 wins and 11 poles out of 28 races and this would give him the nickname Million Dollar Bill and Awesome Bill From Dawsonville. The only major of the four he did not win was the Coca-Cola 600 and this allowed him to become the second NASCAR driver to be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated, following Cale Yarborough after his win in the 1977 Daytona 500. Elliott finished second in the point standings by 101 points
Jeff Burton, nicknamed The Mayor, is an American retired professional stock car racing driver. He scored 21 career victories in the Sprint Cup Series, including two Coca-Cola 600s in 1999 and 2001 and the 1999 Southern 500 and he currently serves as a color analyst for NBC Sports, having joined them upon their return to their coverage of NASCAR. His brother Ward Burton and his nephew Jeb Burton have competed in the Sprint Cup Series, Burton began driving a handful of races in the Busch Series in 1988 in car number 69 owned by his father John Burton. He moved to J&J Racings No. Burton would make his first Winston Cup start in 1993 in car No.0 owned by Martocci, Burton ran his first Winston Cup race in 1993 in the No.0 TIC Financial Ford Thunderbird for Fil Martocci. 1994 was Burtons rookie year in the Winston Cup Series, driving the No.8 Raybestos-sponsored Ford for Stavola Brothers Racing and he had a season-high 4th-place finish on the way to earning 1994 NASCAR Rookie of the Year. He was one of a record-high 10 rookies eligible for the award year, besting a class that included future Cup stars Joe Nemechek, Jeremy Mayfield, John Andretti.
The next year, in 1995, Burton had one Top 5 and he missed 3 races and finished 32nd in points. In 1996, Burton left the Stavola Brothers for Roush Racing, driving the No.99 Exide Batteries-sponsored Ford for his new team, he finished 13th overall in the season points standings despite failing to qualify for the Purolator 500 in March as a new team. His career hit a peak from 1997 to 2000, as he never finished lower than fifth in the points standings. He achieved his first career win in 1997 in the Interstate Batteries 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, and would go on to win 14 more races during the four-year run. In 1999, Burton won a six races, including the Jiffy Lube 300 for a third straight year. His best points finish was in third in 2000, just 294 points behind champion Bobby Labonte, on September 17,2000, Burton led every lap of the Dura Lube 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway, in unique circumstances. From 1997 to 2000, Burton won an event at NHIS every year, in 2001, Burton and the No.99 welcomed a new sponsor CITGO PdVSA.
Burton won another two races, upping his career total to 17, and he finished tenth in points, climbing from a low of 38th. In 2002 and 2003, he finished 12th in the points and combined for eight Top 5s and 25 Top 10s, CITGO PdVSA announced that it was leaving Roush Racing at the end of the 2003 season. Burton ran the 2004 season without a sponsor, with races frequently being sponsored by his personal sponsor SKF. Rumors began to arise that Burton would be leaving Roush Racing, upon joining RCR, Burton was placed in the No.30 AOL-sponsored Chevrolet. Prior to the change, Burton had an average finish of 20.8 and was 23rd in points
Mark Anthony Martin is a former American stock car racing driver. As of 2014, he had the second most wins in the Nationwide Series with 49 and he finished second in the Sprint Cup Series standings five times, and has been described by ESPN as The best driver to never win a championship. Martin, with five IROC Championships, has more than any other driver, during the 2005 season, Martin took over the all-time record for IROC wins, with 13. Martin was born in Batesville, Arkansas and he began his racing career as a young man on the dirt tracks of Arkansas. He moved on to racing and joined the ASA racing series. During his ASA career, Martin raced against Dick Trickle, Jim Sauter, Joe Shear and he won Rookie of the Year in 1977. Martin won twenty-two ASA races and four championships, in 1978,1979,1980, Martin had a tumultuous beginning in NASCAR, driving for six different teams from 1981 to 1987. He made five starts in 1981 driving for a team owned by Bud Reeder, Martin competed full-time in 1982 with the team, competing for Rookie of the Year.
The team struggled for consistency, posting just eight top tens compared to 12 DNFs in 30 starts, including a string of five DNFs in six races. Completing just 73.7 percent of the laps and leading only four all season led to Martin finishing 14th in the final standings. Despite finishing strongly, with two top tens in the two races, including a fifth-place finish at Riverside and Reeder parted ways after the season. He remains the driver to run more than six races for a team owned or co-owned by Reeder. At the end of the season Martin sold off the team, Martin started 1983 running for Jim Stacy. The two parted ways after just seven races, posting three top 11s while having four races finishing 24th or worse. Following a two race-stint driving for D. K. Ulrich and one for Emanuel Zervakis, he landed a ride with Morgan-McClure Motorsports for six races, while with MMM, Martin posted four finished inside the top 20, including a 10th at Talladega. Unable to secure a ride for 1984, Martin went back to driving in the American Speed Association, jimmy Fennig came aboard as crew chief in 1985 and the two would go on to win the ASA championship the next season, Martins fourth series championship.
His success in his stint in ASA landed Martin a part-time ride driving for Jerry Gunderman. In five starts, he posted two top 15 finishes and started on the pole at Atlanta
Kenneth Ken Schrader is an American racing driver. He currently races on dirt and asphalt tracks around the country while driving part-time in the ARCA Racing Series. He raced in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series from 1981 to 2013 and he is a first cousin once removed of fellow NASCAR driver Carl Edwards. He races in many racing divisions, and has been successful in any division he has stepped into and he owns a dirt late model and dirt open wheel modified car. Both of these cars, along with his Camping World Truck Series and he owns I-55 Raceway in Pevely, and is co-owner of Macon Speedway, near Macon, along with Kenny Wallace, Tony Stewart, and local promoter Bob Sargent. Schrader was born in Fenton, Missouri, in 1971, he was the sportsmens champ at Lake Hill Speedway in Valley Park. That same year, he moved up to sprint cars, racing in various locations across the Midwest, in 1980, he started racing in USACs Stock Car Division, and was the series rookie of the year. He returned to USACs Stock Car Division one year later, finishing third in points, early in the decade, he moved to the USAC series, competing in its various sprint car competitions.
Schrader attempted to qualify for the 1983 Indianapolis 500 but wrecked his car during practice, in the USAC series, he won four USAC sprint car races, six Silver Crown races,21 in USAC midgets, and 24 midget races in other divisions. Schrader made his NASCAR debut in 1984 in the Cup Series, leasing out the No.64 Ford normally owned and he ran his first race at Nashville, qualifying 27th and finishing 19th in a 30-car field. He ran four races out of the 64 that season. In 1985, he signed to drive the No.90 Ultra Seal-sponsored Ford for Junie Donlavey full-time and he had three 10th-place finishes and finished 16th in points, winning rookie of the year honors. In 1987, Schrader won his first career pole, at the TranSouth 500 and he had nine other top 10s and finished 10th in the final standings. He made his Busch Series debut, at North Carolina Speedway, in 1988, Schrader moved over to the No.25 Folgers-sponsored Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports. In his first race, he won the pole for the Daytona 500 and he won his second career Cup race the following season at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and finished fifth in the standings again.
He earned his first career Busch Series win at the Ames/Peak 200, kodiak became Schraders sponsor in 1990. Although he failed to win, he collected three poles, and seven top fives, dropping to 10th in points, in 1991, he got his third win, at the Motorcraft Quality Parts 500, and his final Winston Cup win, at Dover International Speedway. He had nine top five finishes and finished ninth in the final points standings
Anthony Wayne Tony Stewart is an American former professional stock car racing driver and NASCAR team owner. He is a three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion as a driver, in 2011 Stewart had an ownership interest in the team. He won again as an owner with Kevin Harvicks title in 2014, throughout his racing career, Stewart has won racing titles in Indy, sprint, and USAC Silver Crown cars. He is the driver in history to win a championship in both IndyCar and NASCAR. He last competed full-time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, driving the No.14 Chevrolet SS for his own team, Stewart-Haas Racing, under crew chief Mike Bugarewicz. From 1999 to 2008, he drove the No.20 Joe Gibbs Racing car, while driving for car owner Joe Gibbs, Stewart won two Cup Series championships in 2002 and 2005. In 2011, Stewart became the first owner-driver since Alan Kulwicki to win the Cup Series championship, which ended Jimmie Johnsons streak of consecutive championships at five. Stewart is the driver to win the Cup Series championship under the old points system and the chase playoff format.
He is the first driver in the Cup Series to win the championship by virtue of a tie breaker. The Stewart-Haas owned No.4 car driven by Kevin Harvick won the Cup in 2014, giving Stewart his first win as solely an owner, Stewart was born in Columbus, Indiana, on May 20,1971, attended Columbus North High School and graduated in 1989. Stewart has a younger sister Natalie who has two children and Will and his father Nelson Stewart is still single but his mother Pamela Marshall remarried when Tony was still in high school. He grew up racing go karts and was very early. Stewart was the USAC Rookie of the Year in 1991, USAC National Midget Series Champion in 1994 and 1995, and USAC Silver Crown Series champion in 1995. In 1995, Stewart became the first driver to win USACs version of the Triple Crown and his winning the Hut Hundred and 4-Crown Nationals were the highlights of the year. When he was not racing IndyCars, he raced stock cars, in 1996, Stewart made his NASCAR Busch Series debut, driving for car owner Harry Rainer.
In nine races, he had a best finish of 16th place and he had more success in a one-time ride in the Craftsman Truck Series with Mueller Brothers racing, where he finished 10th. Stewart was poised to improve his Indy Racing League standing in 1997 and he failed to finish the first three races of a ten race schedule, but recovered to come in second at Phoenix. At that years Indy 500, Stewarts car was enough to enable him to win his first IRL race
Kurt Thomas Busch is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently drives the No.41 Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and he was the 2004 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series champion. He is the brother of 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kyle Busch. The brothers are second-generation racing drivers, their father, Busch has driven for Furniture Row Racing, Phoenix Racing, Penske Racing, and Roush Racing in his Sprint Cup career, which began in 2000. The winner of twenty-nine Cup career races, Busch was driving for Roush Racing when he won the 2004 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series championship, Busch races on an opportunity permitting basis in the Pro Stock division of NHRA. When Busch won the Cup Series Championship in 2004, it was the first ever using the Chase for the Cup points format. Busch is a Daytona 500 winner, accomplishing the feat in 2017, as well as being the 2004 Cup Champion Busch won the 1999 NASCAR Southwest Tour Championship owning 7 victories in that particular division so far.
Busch was born to Thomas and Gaye Busch in Las Vegas, at the age of six, Busch was accompanying his father to the track and driving go-carts himself. As an underage teenager, he competed in Dwarf competition winning in just his second race and this father and son team competed western tracks from Southern California to Utah. In 1994, his first full year as a driver, Busch won ten races at ten different tracks. His father eventually sold their equipment and purchased a powerful car for the Legends Series. After graduating at Durango High School, Busch enrolled at the University of Arizona, Busch became engaged to girlfriend Eva Bryan while attending the 2005 Hungarian Grand Prix. On July 27,2006, three years to the day of meeting on a blind date, they were married in Virginia. The footage was taped and aired on national television, Busch announced on June 30,2011, Those in the NASCAR community have been aware for some time now that we are no longer together and we are legally separated. The announcement came days after Busch kissed another woman in Victory Lane celebration following a win at Sonoma Raceway and Eva Bryan filed for divorce in early June and were legally separated that month.
Busch has a history of verbally abusing members of his team. During the 2011 NASCAR Championship week, Busch revealed that he had working with a sports psychologist for two months, to work on personal issues. Busch is a baseball fan and stated the goal of visiting every ballpark nationwide
Sterling Marlin is a retired stock car racing driver. He formerly competed in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, winning the Daytona 500 in 1994 and 1995 and he is the son of late NASCAR driver Coo Coo Marlin. He is married to Paula and has a daughter, and a son, Marlin attended Spring Hill High School, where he played high school basketball and football, earning the captain status his senior year while he played quarterback and linebacker. He began his collection of war artifacts shortly after high school. In 1976, he made his NASCAR debut at Nashville Speedway and he started 30th and finished 29th after suffering oil pump failure early in the race. He made two 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 track champion at the historic Nashville Speedway USA.
In 1983, Marlin was hired by Roger Hamby to drive his No.17 Hesco Exhaust-sponsored Chevrolet and he posted a tenth-place finish at Dover International Speedway and finished 19th in the standings, clinching the Rookie of the Year award. Despite finishing 15th in the 1984 Daytona 500 for Hamby, Marlin spent most of the running for Sadler Brothers Racing, posting two top-ten finishes. He competed in one race for Jimmy Means and Dick Bahre respectively, Marlin only made eight starts in 1985, seven of them coming for Sadler, his best finish being 12th at Talladega Superspeedway. He ended his season at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the Miller High Life 500 and he finished 29th, after suffering flywheel failure. Marlin moved over to the No.1 Bulls Eye Barbecue Sauce-sponsored car owned by Hoss Ellington in 1986 and his best finish that season came at the Firecracker 400, where he finished second. Marlin received a ride in 1987, when he was hired by Billy Hagan to drive the No.44 Piedmont Airlines-sponsored Oldsmobile.
He had four top-fives and finished 11th 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 and he tied a career-best 13 top-ten finishes but dropped to 12th 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 No.48 Diamond Ridge-sponsored Chevrolet owned by Fred Turner. Marlin signed to drive the No.22 Maxwell House-sponsored Ford Thunderbird for Junior Johnson in 1991 and he had a second-place finish at Daytona to start the season and won two poles at Talladega Superspeedway and the Firecracker 400, finishing seventh in the standings