Mike Alexander Racing Team vs Sterling Marlin Racing Team this Saturday in Nashville


Nashville, TN (Wednesday, July 1, 2020) – The 2020 season rolls off this Saturday night (July 4th) at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway. One of the more interesting developments of the offseason as the track changes management guard is the return of the Mike Alexander owned #84 Pro Late Model team. 


Alexander is a two-time champion at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway, in the premier division, winning the 1978 NASCAR Late Model Sportsman title. He returned in 1992 to claim the Late Model Stock Car championship, prior to his retirement from driving. 


The early years of Mike Alexander on the 5/8th mile high bank consist of weekly battles with an old friend and fierce competitor by the name of Sterling Marlin.  The battles weekly with Mike and Sterling, along with the addition of Alton Jones, a seasoned veteran, and with two up-and-coming young men, Dennis Wiser and P. B. Crowell III. 


Alabama’s Alton Jones claimed the 1975 NASCAR Late Model Sportsman title with plenty of head-to-head battles with the four drivers known as, “The Kiddie Corp” – Mike Alexander, P. B. Crowell III, Sterling Marlin and Dennis Wiser. 


The 2020 season sets a new stage for Franklin meets Carter Creek Special.  Mike Alexander, now retired from driving (still practicing some) and Sterling Marlin, searching for three more wins to become the all-time winningest driver at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway. 


Alexander has pegged Mason Mingus, the 2019 All American 400 champion to wheel the #84 Pro Late Model for the season. Sterling Marlin will return with the Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge Pro Late Model for his 45th season on the 5/8th mile oval. Stirlin Marlin, the grandson of Sterling and Paula Marlin, the son of Steadman, will join the ranks of the Marlin stable this season in his rookie season. Stirlin made his debut in the Pro Late Model ranks last season at Huntsville Speedway Alabama. 


The 2020 season has been delayed on several occasions due to the pandemic. Once the command to start the engines for the season is made on Saturday, the Marlin vs Alexander turns into Mingus vs the Marlins and a host of others including two-time champion, Cole Williams and Dylan Fetcho, who has finished second in the points championship the last two seasons at America’s Favorite Short Track. 


By: Donnie Redd – Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway