Hello, readers, and welcome to the last of our sports-related posts here at “Church of Christ Celebrities”! As mentioned previously, I am bringing the blog to a close at the end of the year, since I need to be able to devote more of my time and attention to other projects. (Note that I didn’t say that I WOULD devote said time and attention to other projects, only that I NEED to be able to do so. We’ll see what happens…) At any rate, I do plan to leave the blog in place, and I hope that it will continue to be a helpful resource for years to come.
Today’s admittedly short post–this should tip you off that I did not find much in the course of my research–focuses on former NASCAR driver Sterling Marlin (1957-). Marlin’s racing career stretched for over three decades, with the highlight likely coming when he won the Daytona 500 in back to back years during the mid-1990s. Both Sterling’s father, Coo Coo, and his son, Steadman, competed professionally, making stock car racing a true family business. Of course, Marlin’s legacy is also permanently connected to the tragic death of Dale Earnhardt in 2001, although he was exonerated by NASCAR and supported publicly by Earnhardt’s son in the face of the fan criticism and hate mail he received after the crash.
Although Marlin was suggested to me as a potential topic by a friend and reader of the blog, I was unable to find anything at all about his religious beliefs or affiliations, whether with Churches of Christ or otherwise. In fact, the most relevant result I found was an obituary for a completely unrelated person whose funeral took place at a Church of Christ. One of the family members of the deceased had the maiden name “Sterling” and the last name “Marlin”–hence, results on Google for “Sterling Marlin” “Church of Christ.” This was nothing more than a coincidence, of course, and the only work of any length I could find on Marlin’s life (Larry Woody’s Heading Into the Turn) made no mention of any church connections. (1)
Such is the nature of historical research, of course; sometimes the sources we have simply don’t answer the questions we bring to them, as much as we might want them to. So for now, we’ll leave it in a state of ambiguity–though if you, readers, have any more information, I would love to hear from you in the comments below or over at the Contact page.
Thanks as always for your support, check out our recent baseball and outlaw posts if you haven’t yet done so, and be sure to click back over in a couple of weeks for the next to last (planned) entry here at the blog!
(1) Larry Woody, Sterling Marlin: Heading Into the Turn (Sports Publishing L.L.C., 2002).