Mike Marlar is a winner, pure and simple.
The Winfield, Tenn. driver has demonstrated over the years that he can put just about any type of car in just about any victory lane. On July 4th he continued to prove that he can beat the best in the business when matched against them as he scored his third Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win of the 2019 season at Ohio’s Portsmouth Speedway, earning $12,000 in the process.
Marlar’s Thursday night triumph came in a Rocket Chassis but throughout his career he has driven C.J. Rayburn Race Cars, Capital Race Cars and Longhorn Chassis among others to grab checkered flags on dirt tracks all over the country. And that’s not to mention a multitude of wins in the Modified ranks prior to his full-time entry into the Late Models class.
To further show the 41-year-old driver’s versatility, he has won major races on three different tours so far this season while piloting two different chassis brands for two different teams. Marlar won a DIRTcar Nationals Late Models feature in February at Florida’s Volusia Speedway Park driving a Longhorn Chassis for the K&L Rumley team owned and maintained by LeeRoy and Kevin Rumley.
But the pairing with the Rumley operation ended shortly after Georgia-Florida SpeedWeeks and led to a reunification with owner Ronnie Delk in the No. 157 Rocket Chassis that was driven in 2018 by Marlar to the World of Outlaws Late Model Series championship. Since getting back together with Delk, Marlar has won a Summer Nationals event at Brownstown Speedway and Lucas Oil races at Magnolia Motor Speedway, Cherokee Speedway and the previously mentioned show at Portsmouth.
Even though he does not compete regularly on the tour, Marlar is tied with Tyler Erb and Hudson O’Neal for the second most wins in Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series-sanctioned competition during 2019 with three. Those drivers trail only Jonathan Davenport for most series triumphs.
During his career, the second generation racer has earned major victories as a multiple-time winner of events such as the Knoxville Late Model Nationals, the Hillbilly 100 and the Clash at the Mag.
Indeed, as he is again proving in 2019, Mike Marlar is a winner.
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