“Being a father has certainly given me an extra pep in my step,” Clint Bowyer said in Thursday’s edition of NASCAR America. “It’s given me a reason to want to get back to Victory Lane – not just selfishly because you want to win another race. I wanted that damn kid in Victory Lane and come hell or high water, I wasn’t quitting ’till it happened.”
Family has always been a big part of NASCAR’s foundation. Brothers have raced against brothers and fathers have taken on their sons.
In the course of NASCAR’s history, father and son pairings have been a major part of the sport, which gave Ken Squier an opportunity to look back at some of the great moments through the decades.
“Amidst the spectacle, there is another overwhelming sensation,” Squier said. “The sense of family. Because going to the races is something you feel.”
Dale Jarrett’s 1996 victory in the Daytona 500 as he was being called to the checkers by his father Ned Jarrett, Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Jr. standing side-by-side in Victory Lane and Davey Allison’s dramatic second-place finish to his father Bobby Allison in the 1988 Great American Race are some of the highlights of the history of the sport that make every race day Father’s Day.
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