Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Happy NASCAR Father's Day

The fathers of these NASCAR drivers have seen and done it all with their racing sons, everything from fishing trips to winning racing championships! It's clear that the adage "Like father, like son" applies in these cases as they share a few of their favorite memories to celebrate Father's Day.

Roger Mears
Father of Casey Mears, driver of the No. 07 Jack Daniel's Chevrolet

Tell us your earliest memories of your son racing.

One of my earliest memories is when Casey would sit for hours racing his little Hot Wheels cars when he was about 2 years old.

When he was about 3, we took him to watch different bicycle races, and they had kids racing Big Wheels. Next time we went, Casey was racing Big Wheels with them.

By 4, he had moved up to BMX bicycles. Casey was so little that he couldn't touch the ground when he was on top of his bike, so I would have to hold the bike for the start of the race and then run down the hill to catch him when he finished. After BMX, he started riding a motorized Honda three-wheeler in the backyard and then moved on to racing quads at Bakersfield Speedway in California.


Greg Newman
Father of Ryan Newman, driver of the No. 39 U.S. Army Chevrolet


Tell us your earliest memories of your son racing.


I remember using my foot to show him where to hit the corner when he was racing in quarter midgets at the age of 4. I would put my foot on the track and tell him to hit my foot - that's where he needed to be on the track.


Martin Truex, Sr.
Father of Martin Truex, Jr., driver of the No. 1 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet


Tell us your earliest memories of your son racing.


Probably when he was 10 years old racing go-karts at the New Egypt Speedway in New Jersey.


Clyde Vickers
Father of Brian Vickers, driver of the No. 83 Red Bull Toyota


Tell us your earliest memory of your son racing.


Brian was 8 years old, leading a go-kart race in Tyro, N.C. He had a complete straightaway lead on the field, but he kept looking back and all around until he drove off Turn 2 right into the hay bales!


Paul Smith Jr.
Father of Moses Smith, driver of the No.16 Hasa Pool Products Toyota Camry


Tell us your earliest memory of your son racing.


One of my earliest memory of Moses and I going to the races is when he went with me to an off-road race in Riverside. He was about eight. Both Moses and I were working on the pit crew for Mark Hansen.


My earliest memory of Moses actually racing was when he was seven or eight. We went to the desert as a family. I would race my Kawasaki 250 three wheeler. One of the guys I was racing was really skinny and had a weight advantage over me. So I told Moses to go and race him. Moses never even hesitated. He jumped on the bike, but could not reach the kick starter I started the bike for him and off he went. He won that race and boy what a smile he had on his face.


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