Dirt Late Model champion Mike Marlar eyes NASCAR return in 2020

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November 05, 2019 03:52 PM

Dirt Late Model champion Mike Marlar eyes NASCAR return in 2020

The 2018 World of Outlaws champion enjoyed his brief NASCAR debut

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Dirt Late Model superstar Mike Marlar plans to enter several NASCAR Truck Series races in 2020.

One of the most prolific dirt Late Model drivers in the country wants to try his hand at NASCAR next season.
Mike Marlar, the 2018 World of Outlaws Dirt Late Model champion, made his first two NASCAR appearances over the summer and enjoyed the experience so much that he’s already looking forward to 2020.
His debut came at Eldora Speedway during the Dirt Derby back in July, where he finished fourth for Reaume Brothers Racing. Having already purchased a NASCAR license for the one-off dirt race, he decided to enter the September race at Richmond Raceway for Carl Long’s MBM Motorsports.
Even though the car was not as competitive as the ones he is accustomed to dominating on dirt, he enjoyed his pavement experience so much that it encouraged him to buy a pavement Super Late Model last month.
He made his debut in Super Late Models over the weekend at the prestigious All-American 400 at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville. The experience did not go well, having crashed his brand new chassis during qualifying for the 400-lap race, preventing him from taking the green flag.
Nevertheless, he plans to rebuild the car and get some more pavement experience to prepare for a handful of NASCAR Truck starts next season, likely with Josh Reaume again.
“I get the impression that this kind of racing is more about muscle memory,” Marlar told Autoweek over the weekend. “What we do (on dirt) is more seat of your pants. I was telling Bubba (Pollard, pavement short track superstar) is that I feel like this requires more focus and less impulse.
“I like both. I feel like doing a little bit more of this will make me a better dirt driver. I really believe that. It will also be nice to experience a different world and some new race tracks. I’m not looking for a new career. I just want to be the best race car driver that I can be.”
As stated, Marlar isn’t looking to get away from dirt racing and may chase a second World of Outlaws championship next season. He hasn’t decided yet. But Marlar admitted that he sometimes gets restless driving one car for too long.
If he can make a couple of NASCAR starts and pavement Super Late Model starts in addition to his dirt schedule, that would be a rewarding campaign.
“I’ve got the opportunity to drive that truck a couple more times next year and I think all of this will help me,” Marlar said.

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