For the second time in 2019 driver Mike Marlar will be making a NASCAR debut. On Friday night at the Richmond Raceway the Winfield, Tenn. native will try something he has not previously done before in his extensive racing career as he plans to make his debut with the NASCAR Xfinity Series in the Go Bowling 250.
The entry list for this weekend’s event in the capital city of Virginia shows that the 41-year-old Marlar is listed as the driver of a car which is prepared out of the Motorsports Business Management team shops. George Church is listed as the crew chief on the No. 66 Toyota Camry.
MBM is based out of Statesville, NC and is owned and operated by NASCAR racing veteran Carl Long. The team will field a total of four cars in this upcoming race with Marlar being joined by teammates Stan Mullis, Joey Gase and Knoxville native Chad Finchum.
Marlar’s car will carry sponsorship from Tri-Rivers Logging out of Cameron, Missouri.
The No. 66 car has started 25 of the 26 NASCAR Xfinity Series events contested so far in 2019 with a best finish of 16th at Dover with Timmy Hill driving. A total of 38 cars are entered in the Go Bowling 250 so all entrants will start the race.
Earlier this season Marlar made his NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series debut in the Eldora Dirt Derby on the clay racing surface of Ohio’s Eldora Speedway. Driving a Toyota Tundra for Reaume Brothers Racing, the Dirt Late Model veteran scored an impressive fourth place finish in a truck that has only finished in the top-10 on one other occasion in 2019.
Marlar was the 2018 World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series champion and has won the prestigious Knoxville Late Model Nationals on two occasions. He has also won major dirt races such as the Hillbilly 100 and the Clash at the Mag.
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