Winning consecutive Daytona 500 races will always be a calling card for former NASCAR driver Sterling Marlin.
He joins racing legends Richard Petty and Cale Yarborough as the only drivers to gather the checkered flag in back-to-back years at the Grand American Race. Yet, the one Marlin didnt win still causes the most discussion.
It was 2002, and Marlin had been wrestling with a faulty fender while running up front alongside Jeff Gordon. They bumped, sending Gordon spinning and the field swerving. The red flag from officials halted the race with three laps to go and Marlin leading.
But that fender had been stuck in Marlins craw the entire race. While sitting in the car on the track during the red flag, Marlin and crew chief Tony Glover wondered what to do about that darn fender.
Marlin said Friday the conversation with Glover went like this:
(Glover) said, What do you think? And I said, I dont know. He said, Can you get out and look at it? and I said, Yeah, I can get out and lo...