Brotherly Love: Some of NASCAR's Most Famous Brothers
"Sometimes being a brother is even better than being a superhero."
Throughout it's history, NASCAR has been known as a family sport—with the Petty's, Earnhardt's, Allison's and more. And even though they aren't often teammates, the bond between brothers may be tested, but is never broken.
Here's a look at some of the most successful—and memorable—brothers in NASCAR.
NASCAR's Earliest Brother (and Sister) Team
Tim, Bob, and Fonty Flock are some of the earliest pioneers of NASCAR racing. Getting their speed from years of out-running the police during their moonshine days, the brothers combined for 62 wins, 192 top five finishes, and 230 top ten finishes. .
Their combined earnings for all this success? $196,381.
The Flocks are also the brothers of Ethel Mobley, who was just the second woman to ever race in NASCAR.
The Alabama Gang, Pt. 1
The Alabama Gang consisting of brothers Bobby and Donnie Allison (and friend, Red Farmer) would do just about anything for each other... including get into a fist fight for the first ever televising of the Daytona 500!
Surely you all know the story: Donnie was about to win the Daytona 500 when Cale Yarborough went to slingshot past him, causing both of them to wreck...but more importantly, lose the race.
The hot-tempered drivers began arguing in the infield where their wrecked race machines had come to rest, and once big brother Bobby arrived, all hell broke loose!
Bobby would go on to the 1983 NASCAR Winston Cup Champion, and the two brothers won between 94-96 races combined...depending on who you ask.
The Alabama Gang, Pt. 2
David Carl "Davey" Allison was born on February 25, 1961 and was destined for greatness.
He won the 1987 NASCAR Winston Cup Rookie of the Year honor, and in his famous Texaco Havoline Ford Thunderbird for Robert Yates Racing, Davey would go on to win 15 races and 19 in his career. Davey also won the 1992 Daytona 500 after finishing second to his dad Bobby in 1988.
Clifford Allison was born Oct. 20, 1964. He began his Busch Grand National career in 1990, and in his 22 starts finished in the top 10 twice.
On Aug. 13, 1992 Clifford died from head injuries sustained from a crash at the Michigan International Raceway. He is survived by his parents, Bobby and Judy, his wife Elisa, and their three children.
Less than a year later, on July 13, 1993 and just a couple of weeks before his 33rd birthday, his big brother Davey died from head injuries he sustained the day before from a helicopter crash in the infield of the Talladega SuperSpeedway. He was also survived by his parents, his wife Liz, and their two children.
Rest in peace.
Talkin' (and Racin') Runs in the Family
Call him what you'd like—"Jaws", "D.W." or just plain mad—but there's no denying Darrell Waltrip was one of the most successful drivers in NASCAR's history...even if he did use illegal means to do it (not that he'd ever admit it).
A three time Series champion in 1981, 1982, and 1985, Waltrip won 84 races during his nearly 30 year career with such owners like Rick Hendrick and Junior Johnson.
He now does commentary for the FOX NASCAR coverage, along with appearing on SPEED Channel's Trackside.
Sixteen years his junior, little brother Michael hasn't had the cleanest career either, seemingly carrying on a Waltrip tradition. A renowned spokesman for sponsor NAPA, Mikey is an owner-driver with four wins, 39 top five finishes, and 127 top 10 under his belt, including the 2001 Daytona 500.
If It Has Wheels, or Skies, They Will Come
For Geoffrey, Brett, and Todd Bodine, racing seems to come as easy as pie. And it's not just in NASCAR—the brothers are also known to go bobsledding from time and time.
For Geoffrey, success came with team owners like Rick Hendrick, Bud Moore, and Junior Johnson, who saw him earn 18 wins, 100 top fives, and just 10 wins shy of 200 top 10 finishes! The oldest Bodine brother also holds the world record for the most Modified racing victories in one year with 55!
In his own 18-year career, middle brother Brett experienced success while making a cool $13 million with his lone victory in North Wilkesboro in the First Union 400, accompanied with 16 top fives and 61 top 10s.
And Todd makes three—the youngest Bodine driver has found most of his NASCAR success in the former Craftsman Truck Series, where he was the 2006 Series champion. Bodine, who is currently fourth in points, has 16 wins in Trucks, including a win at this year's Nextera Energy Resources 250 in Daytona.
Everything's Bigger in Texas
They are the only brothers to both win NASCAR's highest prize, and even celebrated victory together when, in 1996, Bobby Labonte won the NAPA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway while his brother Terry clinched the Winston Cup Championship.
Bobby also became a champion in his own right, as he's the only driver to win the Winston Cup (2000), Busch Series ('91) and IROC ('01) championships, along with his over 20 Cup visits to Victory Lane.
During his own 32-year career, Terry won 22 races, has been named one of NASCAR's Top 50 Greatest Drivers and also won the Cup championship in 1984.
Virginia Is for Brothers
South Boston's own Ward and Jeff Burton are the most interesting and most respected, respectively, to listen to in the garage.
The younger of the two, Jeff began his racing career in 1988 driving for his father John, and would eventually win the Winston Cup Rookie of the Year honor in 1994 and would move to Roush Racing two years later. Burton, along with his 21 wins, 118 top fives and 215 top 10s, the Richard Childress Racing driver is a highly respected voice in the garage area.
His older brother Ward, though, is tackling bigger issues. The former Daytona 500 champion with Bill Davis Racing (2002), he's now focused on his new job: a position on Virginia's Board of Game and Inland Fisheries. Burton is a champion when it comes to protecting America's wildlife. For more, you can visit http://www.twbwf.org/
Brothers in Arms for Autism
Elliot and Hermie Sadler may not be the most successful team of brothers to hit NASCAR, but there's no denying their winning combination away from the track by bringing awareness to a disease becoming more and more common in the United States: autism.
Hermie's daughter, and Elliot's niece, Hallie suffers from the disease, which lead the brothers to from The Hermie and Elliot Sadler Foundation for Autism, where the two auction off autographed helmets, cars, and much more to raise money for the cause.
For more information on how you can help, visit http://www.sadlerfoundation.org/main.shtml
Seriously, do these two even need an introduction? Kerry Earnhardt and his little brother Dale, Jr. are of course the sons of the late, great Dale Earnhardt.
Both sons have even worked for their father—Dale, Jr. drove for them since his NASCAR career began in 1996 until leaving after the 2007 season. Kerry is now a consultant specializing in driver development, one of which is his son, Jeffrey.
In his Cup career, Dale, Jr. has 18 wins, 86 top fives, and 139 top 10s and is a two time Busch Series Champion.
Their sister Kelly also acts as her younger brother's business manager and helps him run JR Motorsports.
A Budweiser Two Pack
He's won nine NASCAR Cup races, and has 10 second place finishes, but don't think Kasey Kahen's success has gone to his head. Coming up through Sprint Cars, Kahne now owns a Sprint team of his own. His dad drives his motor home, and his brother, Kale, even works on his pit crew, and spots for him during practices.
The two even share an apartment together in North Carolina.
Columbia's Two Favorite Sons
Carl Edwards is the back flippin', race winnin' son of a gun from my homestate of Missouri (Columbia to be more exact).
Our Busch Series champion in 2007, Edwards turned growing up watching his father Carl Sr. race late models into becoming one of NASCAR's most popular drivers. His 16 wins, 55 top fives, 88 top 10s and runner-up finish in both of last year's major championship races to go with his bright smile and upbeat attitude, it's no wonder Carl is a success.
Also hoping to become just as, if not more, successful, is Edwards' little brother, Kenny. The 25-year-old races regularly at I-80 Speedway Omaha, Nebraska, and he, his wife and their dog Gus still live in their hometown of Columbia. In 2006, Kenny tested a then Craftsman Truck Series truck and was invited to compete the following year.
Oh, and did I mention they're related to Ken Schrader? Yeah, with those genes...it's no wonder they're both a success.
His Brother's Biggest Fan
He will never be able to get behind the wheel of a race car. In fact, he may never be able to live independently.
But that doesn't stop Adam Ragan, who suffers from Downs Syndrome, from supporting his little brother David's rising star in NASCAR. In fact, he's his biggest fan.
David Ragan got his big break in NASCAR when he joined Roush (now Roush-Fenway) Racing in 2005, after competing in Roush's Driver X and drove for his truck team the following year.
His NEXTEL Cup Career would begin when he and Mark Martin split time in the No. 6, and he broke through once Martin retired. While he was called "a dart without feathers" just a few seasons ago, Ragan has grown his wings, collecting eight top fives and 14 top 10s a year ago.
Through the ups and downs of his young career, David has always had one constant: his big brother has always been by his side.
The Brothers of Controversy
We won't get into their wrecking each other at the All-Star Challenge a few years back, or the fact that they taunt fans, scream and yell at their crews and owners over the radio and, simply just don't care what people think of them.
Who am I talking about? Of course...Kurt and Kyle Busch.
The controversial duo who drive for Penske and Gibbs Racing, respectively, have a combined 33 wins, 113 top fives, and 244 top 10s.
And in regards to the Flock brothers, the brother of Las Vegas have earned a combined $76,841,556.
For more information on all the drivers in this slideshow, be sure to visit the following:
http://www.daveyallison.net/clifford.html (A tribute to Clifford Allison)
http://www.nascar.com/drivers/dps/dwaltrip00/truck/index.html (Darrell Waltrip)
http://www.nascar.com/drivers/dps/bbodine00/wc/ (Brett Bodine)
http://www.teamonion.net/ (Todd Bodine)
http://www.nascar.com/drivers/dps/tlabonte00/cup/index.html (Terry Labonte)
For more information on Autism, visit http://www.autismspeaks.org/