The upstate is pretty much home. I wasn't born here, but the family moved to Greenville 40 years ago when Dad took a job in the textile business. Went to J. L. Mann High, then saw my daughter graduate from the same school. I started in the radio business after one semester of college, which I found out was too hard. (College, not this!) I was lucky to get started here at WESC 30 years ago, and haven't found anything else I really wanted to do more. And I like the things we have on WESC ... I do like country music, I do like racing, I just don't like getting up at 3 am.
Sterling Marlin was one of the best drivers in the Cup Series during his 32 year career. Marlin was Rookie Of The Year in 1983, and went on to record ten wins in his 748 starts. He is one of only three drivers to win back-to-back Daytona 500’s, pulling off the feat in 1994 and 1995. The other two are Richard Petty and Cale Yarborough, that’s pretty fast company.
But bless his heart, it’s been a rough year.
Now, a fire has destroyed three race cars and caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage in a garage in Middle Tennessee he owns. The fire started Friday morning, and destroyed his 2,500-square-foot garage in Maury County and three cars that belonged to his son-in-law, Michael House. He said he believed that there was a leak on a propane heater and welding sparks ignited the fire. A shop worker who was inside the garage when the fire stared was treated at the scene for minor injuries.
Thank heaven the injuries weren’t too serious, and that no firemen were hurt. Here’s hoping the rest of the year brings happiness to Sterling Marlin!