NASCAR Families; Part 6: We Are Family
The Waltrip Brothers: Darrell Waltrip raced in NASCAR's top series from 1972 through the year 2000. Darrell won 84 races in his career as well as the Winston Cup in 1982, 1983, and 1985. He also won the Daytona 500 in 1989. Darrell's younger brother Michael made his Winston Cup debut in 1985 at the Coca-Cola 600. Michael has won four races, including two Daytona 500's (2001 & 2003). The two are still involved in the sport. Darrell is a popular broadcaster for NASCAR on Fox. Michael operates his own race team and drives the #55 Napa Toyota.
The Wallace's: Rusty Wallace made his Winston Cup debut in 1980, starting a career that continued until 2005. Rusty won the Winston Cup Championship in 1989 and claimed 55 Winston/Nextel Cup wins. His two younger brothers, Mike and Kenny continue to race in the sport, mainly in the Busch Series. Mike has four wins in both the Busch Series and the Craftsman Truck Series. Kenny has nine career Busch Series victories to his credit. After his retirement, Rusty went on to broadcasting for ABC & ESPN in their coverage of NASCAR and the Indy Racing League. The youngest of Rusty's three children, son Steve, is racing in the Busch Series.
The Hamilton's: Bobby Hamilton entered the NASCAR Busch Series in 1988, and the Winston Cup in 1989. Bobby took home one Busch Series win and four in the Winston Cup Series. Bobby also claimed 10 wins in the Craftsman Truck Series as well as the series championship in 2004. He helped his son, Bobby Hamilton Jr. start his racing career. Bobby Jr has raced mostly in the Busch Series, though he's also raced in some Nextel Cup and Truck Series races. He has five NASCAR wins, all in the Busch Series. Sadly, in 2006, Bobby Sr. announced he was battling cancer. He past away on January 7, 2007. Bobby Jr. continues his racing career.
The Parsons: Benny Parsons' successful NASCAR driving career started in 1963. Benny won 21 Winston Cup races in his career, including the 1975 Daytona 500. He also won a Winston Cup Championship in 1973. He retired after the 1988 season and started broadcasting for ESPN from 1989 until 2000 and for NBC & TNT from 2001 to 2006. Benny's younger brother Phil made his debut in the Busch Series in 1982 and his Winston Cup debut in 1983. He won two Busch races and his only Winston Cup victory was in 1988 at the Winston 500 in Talladega. Like his older brother, Phil got into broadcasting. Currently, he is with the Speed Channel. Late in 2006, Benny revealed that he had been fighting cancer. After he seemed to have gotten past the disease, he was back in the hospital in late December because of complications. Benny died on January 16, 2007.
The Bodines: Geoff Bodine made his Winston Cup debut in 1979 and raced in the top series until 2004. He won the Rookie of the Year in 1982. Geoff won 18 races in this Winston Cup career, including the 1986 Daytona 500. He also won the IROC Series in 1987. Geoff also had a successful modified racing career. He also got involved with the U.S. Olympic Bobsled team. Brett Bodine raced from 1986 until 2003 in the Winston Cup Series, claiming one victory. Brett currently works in NASCAR's research and development program, including working with the new "Car of Tomorrow". He also drives the pace car in Nextel Cup events. Todd Bodine has raced in the top three NASCAR racing series' since 1986. He's won 15 Busch Series races and ten in the Craftsman Truck Series. He won the Truck Series Championship in 2006.
The Buschs: The Busch Brothers are two of the brightest current stars in NASCAR. Kurt made it into NASCAR in the Truck Series in 2000. He also raced in his first Winston Cup race that same year. In his so far short career, Kurt has racked up awards. He was the Truck Series Rookie of the Year in 2000, IROC Championship in 2003, and won the first Nextel Cup Championship in 2004. Younger brother Kyle made his Truck Series debut in 2001, in the Busch Series in 2003, and the Nextel Cup Series in 2004. He won the Busch Series Rookie of the Year in 2004, then the Nextel Cup Rookie of the Year in 2005.
Elton Sawyer & Patty Moise: There are many that forget that there has been a husband and wife driving in NASCAR. Elton Sawyer and Patty Moise married in 1990. Both have raced mainly in the Busch Series, though Elton had a few starts in the Winston Cup Series. Elton has two career Busch Series wins. Elton raced from 1983 until 1999, Patty from 1986 until 1998.