Sunday is Dad’s big day. After all, it’s Father’s Day. Sunday is also routinely a big day in NASCAR, because more weeks than not within the racing season, Sunday is Sprint Cup Series race day. The sport may take Mother’s Day off, but Father’s Day, like most other Sunday’s between mid-February and mid-November, is race day.
This weekend, the Sprint Cup Series is in Michigan International Raceway in Brooklyn, Mich., for Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400. There aren’t any father/son, or father/daugher pairings for that matter, on the entry list for the race, but there are a lot of fathers who’ll be in the race field on Sunday, including David Ragan who joined the father ranks just a few days ago. And 42 of the 43 drivers who’ll take the green flag are someone’s son.
And there have been several father/son duos going head to head against each other over the years at NASCAR’s top level — Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt Jr., Richard Petty and Kyle Petty, and Bobby Allison and Davey Allison, just to new a few.
As we celebrate Father’s Day on Sunday, the staff at Stock Car Spin encourages all our readers to spend time with Dad, if at all possible. If the distance separates you from your dad, give him a call. If he has passed on, do something special in his honor.
We’re celebrating Dad with a NASCAR photo i.d. contest; winner takes a $25 Sunoco gift card for you and/or your dad. You could use it to visit Dad, go on a road trip with Dad, or just give it to him to go wherever he wants. It’s all up to you.
Want to win this $25 Sunoco gift card? Take a look through the photo gallery bellow and figure out the identity of the young future driver(s) in each photo. Hint: all are current NASCAR drivers. You don’t have to name the dads in each photo, just the young future NASCAR star. One driver is featured in two photos, and there’s another photo in which two young future stars of NASCAR are featured. In that photo, you must name both.
When you figure out who’s who, e-mail your answers to [email protected] by midnight ET Sunday night. If there are multiple winners, the first e-mail containing all correct answers will win. The winner will be notified early next week. Good luck!
Photos courtesy with permission of the families of the drivers pictured. You didn’t think I’d actually name the families, did you? That would be too easy!