Clifton Marlin, father of Sterling, dies of lung cancer

Updated: August 14, 2005, 5:49 PM ET
Associated Press

COLUMBIA, Tenn. -- Clifton "Coo Coo" Marlin, one of NASCAR's early stars and father of current Nextel Cup driver Sterling Marlin, died Sunday after a battle with lung cancer. He was 73.

Marlin died in his hometown of Columbia, Tenn., said officials from Chip Ganassi Racing, which fields cars for Sterling Marlin.

"Members of Chip Ganassi Racing will begin racing festivities this morning at Watkins Glen International with heavy hearts as Sterling mourns the passing of his father," ...

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