Clifton "Coo Coo" Marlin
Birthplace: Columbia, Tennessee
Born: January 3, 1932
Died: August 14, 2005
Cause of Death: Lung Cancer
NASCAR Cup statistics
165 races run over 14 years.
Best Cup Position: 20th - 1975 (Winston Cup)
First Race: 1966 Nashville 400 (Nashville)
Last Race: 1980 Talladega 500 (Talladega)
First Win:
Last Win:
Wins Top Tens Poles
0 51 0
Clifton "Coo Coo" Marlin (January 3, 1932August 14, 2005) was a NASCAR Winston Cup driver who spent 14 years in the series.

Local track historyEdit

Marlin earned a name for himself at the short tracks in Tennessee and Alabama running against Red Farmer and Bobby and Donnie Allison. He was a four time track champion at Nashville Speedway USA.

NASCAR CareerEdit

He moved on to the NASCAR circuit and became one of the sports earliest stars. He never won a points race in his 165 Winston Cup starts from 1966 to 1980, but he had nine Top 5 and 51 Top 10 finishes, with many of those starts in a car numbered 14. His only career win came in a 125 mile qualifying race at Daytona.


He died in his hometown of Columbia, Tennessee on August 14, 2005 of lung cancer at the age of 73.


Shortly after his death, his son Sterling was in negotiations with MB2 Motorsports to join the team's second car for 2006. When the team was unable to retain the #10 (which was to be used by Evernham Motorsports for 2006), MB2 was looking for a number. A still-grieving Sterling found the #14 available and had MB2 request the #14, which was granted, and is being used to honor his father.

External links Edit

Marlin Family
Coo Coo Marlin | Steadman Marlin | Sterling Marlin

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