NASCAR racing has always been a family sport, but there are surprisingly few father-and-son combinations where both have managed to win races in the NASCAR Premier Series — what today we call the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Following are the father-son combinations who have won the most races.
Buck and Buddy Baker, 65 victories
Buck Baker, a 49-time winner of NASCAR Premier Series races, was rightly known as one of the toughest racers in NASCAR. He later formed a racing school, where Jeff Gordon got his start in stock cars. Son Buddy’s specialty was superspeedway racing. In 1980, he won the fastest Daytona 500 ever, averaging 177.602 miles per hour, a record that still stands today.
Ned and Dale Jarrett, 82 victories
Along with Lee and Richard Petty, Ned and Dale Jarrett are the only father-son combination to win championships. Ned won 50 races and titles in 1961 and ’65, Dale 32 races and a championship in ’99. And like Lee and Richard, and Bill France and Bill Jr., both Jarretts are in the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
Dale Earnhardt and Dale Jr., 100 victories
Both Earnhardts excelled at restrictor-plate racing, combining to win 16 points races at Talladega and another six at Daytona. Earnhardt Jr. most recently won the 2014 Daytona 500 and the spring Talladega race this year.
Bobby and Davey Allison, 103 victories
If you ask Bobby Allison, he’ll swear to you that he has 85 NASCAR Premier Series victories, though the official NASCAR record book lists 84. Bobby and Davey ran 1-2 in the 1988 Daytona 500. Bobby’s career was cut short in a crash at Pocono later that year; Davey’s ended with a fatal helicopter crash in Talladega in 1993.
Richard and Kyle Petty, 208 victories
Richard Petty set numbers that no driver has surpassed, winning 200 NASCAR Premier Series races and seven championships. Son Kyle won eight times and finished in the top five in points in both 1992 and ’93.
Lee and Richard Petty, 254 victories
Petty family patriarch Lee Petty won an impressive 54 NASCAR Premier Series races and three championships before his career was cut short by a crash. But son Richard blew those numbers away with 200 race victories and seven titles.