Best Fathers and Sons in DAYTONA history

Lee Petty and Richard Petty

The Petty family is racing royalty. From the champion of the very first DAYTONA 500, Lee Petty, to the winningest driver in DAYTONA 500 history, Richard Petty, this family’s place in the history of the "World Center of Racing” is forever cemented.

Greatest DAYTONA Moment Together:

February 23, 1964: In just the sixth running of "The Great American Race", Richard matched what his father was able to accomplish five years prior by winning his first DAYTONA 500. Although Richard would go on to win a record six more DAYTONA 500's, his father greeting him in Gatorade Victory Lane for his first is a moment that we'll always remember.

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Dale Earnhardt, Sr. and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

Dale Earnhardt, the all-time winningest driver at DAYTONA with 34 victories, finally captured his elusive DAYTONA 500 victory in 1998. His son, Dale Jr., clearly learned lessons from his father as he won “The Great American Race” in 2004 in his fifth career DAYTONA 500 start and another ten years later, leaving him with more DAYTONA 500 wins – two – than his legendary father.

Greatest DAYTONA Moment Together:

February 3-4, 2001: Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt Jr., along with Andy Pilgrim and Kelly Collins, drove the No. 3 Chevrolet Corvette C5-R in the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA. It was quite the race as the team finished fourth overall and second in the GTS class.

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Ned Jarrett and Dale Jarrett

While Ned Jarrett’s DAYTONA career consisted of 14 top-10s and seven top-fives over 20 starts, he was never able to claim a DAYTONA 500 victory. He did, however, provide one of the most memorable moments in the history of the storied race as he called his son’s win for CBS Sports in the 1993 DAYTONA 500.

Greatest DAYTONA Moment Together:

February 14, 1993: One of the most enduring images of any DAYTONA 500 is that of Ned Jarrett in the CBS Sports booth atop the main grandstands, calling home his son, Dale, for his first DAYTONA 500 victory as he edged out Dale Earnhardt for the checkered flag.

Dale Jarrett

Bobby Allison and Davey Allison

Bobby Allison is one of only five drivers to have won the DAYTONA 500 three or more times, while Davey captured his lone DAYTONA 500 victory in 1992. The two will forever be remembered for providing perhaps the most fitting display of the family nature of NASCAR when they finished one-two in the 1988 DAYTONA 500.

Greatest DAYTONA Moment Together:

February 14, 1988: Bobby held off Davey to win his third DAYTONA 500 in what remains the race’s only father-son, one-two finish. The two battled each other on the final lap, with Davey trying to pass his father in Turns 3 and 4, but Bobby's experience won out and he beat his son to the checkered flag. In the process, Bobby became the oldest DAYTONA 500 champion at the age of 50 years, two months, 11 days.


Bill Elliott and Chase Elliott

Thanks to Chase’s successful 2016 rookie campaign during Speedweeks, the Elliott’s are the latest name to be added to this list. Nicknamed “Awesome Bill from Dawsonville,” Elliott won the DAYTONA 500 in 1985 and 1987. He also holds a DAYTONA 500 record that will probably never be broken – fastest qualifying lap of 210.364 mph. In fact, Bill holds the three fastest DAYTONA 500 pole speeds in history. Chase didn’t take long to follow in his father’s footsteps as he won the 2016 DAYTONA 500 pole in his very first DAYTONA 500 – becoming the youngest pole winner in DAYTONA 500 history at just 20 years of age.

Greatest DAYTONA Moment Together:

February 14, 2016: Racing in the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, Chase Elliott become the youngest pole winner (age 20) in the history of the DAYTONA 500 as he turned a lap of 196.314 mph with his legendary father on-hand to witness.


Who did we miss on the list? What father-son duo do you think made for the best DAYTONA moments? Let us know by leaving us a comment below!

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