ATLANTA, May 5, 2000 - As is annual tradition, the NASCAR Winston Cup Series is taking next weekend off for Mother's Day. To honor the national holiday, the Coca-Cola Racing Family drivers took time out to have a little fun sharing stories about...
ATLANTA, May 5, 2000 - As is annual tradition, the NASCAR Winston Cup Series is taking next weekend off for Mother's Day. To honor the national holiday, the Coca-Cola Racing Family drivers took time out to have a little fun sharing stories about their moms.
The humorous and heartwarming tales included a wild account of Linda Petty's three-wide pass on a two-lane road while taking son Kyle to school, and what happens to Jeff Burton when he doesn't stay in touch with his mom on a regular basis.
Here's what some of the Coca-Cola Racing Family drivers had to say about their moms and Mother's Day: Why does the NASCAR Winston Cup Series always take Mother's Day off?
* "We all looked at it as an important day before we got into racing. We spent it with our mother. It's nice that NASCAR recognizes that your mom is the one who spent the most time with you and corrected you and got you to the right places all the time." - Dale Jarrett, driver of the No. 88 Quality Care/Ford Credit Ford
* "Mothers to me are the strongest part of a family. It's amazing what mothers do and their commitment to their children. Mother's Day is special to me. To me mothers are tops on the list." - Jeff Burton, driver of the No. 99 Exide Batteries Ford
How does mom drive?
* "She's a maniac. She won't admit this, but I think she lost her license. She got too many speeding tickets." - Kenny Irwin, driver of the No. 42 Bell South Chevrolet
* "She's a terrible driver. She doesn't speed, she doesn't run red lights and she doesn't cut people off. She's too textbook for me." - Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 20 Home Depot Pontiac
* "She's pretty safe, except for this one day when we were in the second or third grade. She drove car pool, taking maybe 10-12 of us to school. There's a turn, where you come down through a dip in the road and up a hill and then turn to the left. We were late as usual. She pulled out to pass this car on a double-yellow line and as we passed another car was coming at us. In the Linda Petty tradition, she never checked up and we just went three-wide - one car halfway off the road, us in the middle and another coming straight at us. She just waved to the car behind us and on we went to school. They reported it to the police department and they came and talked to her about her driving style. From that day on I pretty much trusted how she drove." - Kyle Petty, driver of the No. 44 Mattel Hot Wheels Pontiac.
What was mom's reaction to you becoming a driver?
* "She had to get used to it more than anything. I think she did have some say-so, but she was overruled more or less because the whole family went racing." - Bobby Labonte, driver of the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Pontiac
* "She finally started talking to me after three or four years, I think that's how it went. She wanted me to be a pharmacist." - Kyle Petty
How often do you talk to your mother?
* "If I don't talk to her at least twice a week I get a bad letter from her saying I'm not paying enough attention to my mother." - Jeff Burton
Describe your mom's role in your career.
* "I've seen her get hostile with a promoter or two. She's been very inspirational in my and Terry's career. If something didn't go right she was there to support us. She'd tackle somebody if it came down to it." - Bobby Labonte
What was mom's reaction to your first wreck?
* "She only went to about two races and I took care of it in one race. I had a big wreck and she didn't go to any more after that. That was enough for her." - Ricky Rudd, driver of the No. 28 Texaco Ford
Do you have a message to mom?
"You can't say enough to your mom on Mother's Day and do enough for her, to tell her how important she is and how much you love her. But mom, I sure do love you and hope you have a great day." - Dale Earnhardt, driver of the No. 3 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet
The Coca-Cola Racing Family remains the cornerstone of Coca-Cola's involvement in NASCAR. Members include 1999 NASCAR Winston Cup Series champion Dale Jarrett, Dale Earnhardt, Bobby Labonte, Bill Elliott, Jeff Burton, Kyle Petty, Ricky Rudd, Tony Stewart, Steve Park, Kenny Irwin and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Other Coca-Cola Racing Family members include Ned and Jason Jarrett and Adam Petty. Coca-Cola classic is the Official Soft Drink of NASCAR.