Sterling Marlin takes pole on 2003 season of Fox Sports Net's Beyond the Glory

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Two-time Daytona 500 champion and current NASCAR Winston Cup driver becomes the first athlete to be profiled on Fox Sports Net's documentary series in 2003. The 20-year racing veteran is featured on Sunday, March 16 at 8 p.m. local time. chronicles his life during this one-hour documentary. From personal injuries and losses, to the ups and downs of trying to prove his mettle in the sport, from his back-to-back victories in the Super Bowl of racing, to the suffering he endured as a result of Dale Earnhardt's death, covers it all. The show takes you from his upbringing, through his and the No. 40 Coors Light team's pursuit of the 2002 Winston Cup championship. Marlin grew up in rolling farm country near Columbia, Tennessee -- a community whose biggest claim to fame was its annual meeting of the mules. Sterling was the lone child of Eula Faye and Clifton "Coo Coo" Marlin, a hard working farmer by day and an avid race car builder by night. Growing up on the farm, Sterling helped Coo Coo till fields of tobacco and corn and at night was by his dad's side when he went to the barn to work on his race cars. By the time he reached high school, there was no doubt about his athletic ability. He quarterbacked the football team, but by the time he was 17, he was making a bigger name for himself down at the Nashville Speedway. However, success at 17 on a local track did not easily translate to a career as a professional race car driver on a national stage. hears from Marlin and those around him to explore his path down the often-winding road during his career and shows the perseverance and dedication that kept him on course to be one of the most consistent and highly regarded drivers in the sport today. People interviewed for this episode of in addition to Marlin include: fellow NASCAR drivers ., and , former driver and current announcer Darrell Waltrip, sportswriter, columnist and Marlin biographer Larry Woody, Marlin's father Coo Coo, son Steadman and wife Paula Marlin. Here are some of the quotes from the one-hour show:

    On how he secured his wife:
    "She was dating one of the guys on the football team, one of my good friends and he fixed me up with one of her friends on a double date. Long story short, I guess I kind of spun him out and got her."
    On how he looked after a crash:
    "The next morning you wake up, your face is as big as a basketball and your fingers are swollen up. You're pretty much a mess."

    Paula Marlin

    On his accident:
    "His pretty face wasn't so pretty. I told him he looked like [Mike] Tyson got a hold of him."


    On the death of his father:
    "People were sending him [Marlin] death threats."
    On the death threats Marlin suffered:
    "It's not something I was gonna put up with and I was gonna help him any way I could." "I kind of already got to know Sterling before my father was killed. But after my father was killed is when I really got to know him because we spent a lot of time together. We didn't necessarily really talk about the accident or that day. We never really have. He definitely wishes just like I could that you could go back and change it."

    On Marlin leaving his car to fix his fender during the Daytona 500:
    "It looked like Spiderman jumping out and running around there and pulling that fender out. Never will forget the picture of that. Or the scene of that official tapping him on the shoulder and Sterling going, 'What?'" "I did a great Sterling impression on the radio one morning in Charlotte. I called the radio station and I acted like I was him. So then, that very race he tried to wreck me and I thought, 'Damn, I better not do any more Sterling impressions.'"

    Darrell Waltrip

    "When you know you're in a situation where you're supposed to do well and it doesn't happen for you, that can really take you down. But, I've never seen Sterling down."

    Larry Woody

    On Marlin's terrible accident:
    "You're engulfed in flame and you're trying not to panic because if you panic, you're dead."
Accomplished actor and voice-over artist D.B. Sweeney narrates Fox Sports Net's series. Sweeney, who brought to life the voice of Aladar in the film Dinosaur, starred in such films as Eight Men Out, Memphis Belle and The Cutting Edge. The third season for , the Sports-Emmy nominated series, features 20 original programs and is now a Fox Sports Net in-house production under the direction of executive producers Frank Sinton and Steven Michaels. Future original episodes of BEYOND THE GLORY include:
  • Oscar De La Hoya (March 23)
  • (March 30)
  • Chris Chelios (April 6)
  • Vinny Testaverde (April 13)
  • Mark Cuban (April 20)
  • Nick Van Exel (April 27)
  • Jackie Joyner-Kersee (May 4)
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