Usually a busy day in NASCAR, this Sunday will gives moms of Sprint Cup Series drivers a chance to see their kids away from the race track. And while that may be a good present in its own, several members of NASCAR's premier series shared what they were planning for Mother's Day, as well as the role their moms have played in their lives.
DALE EARNHARDT JR.
On his plans for Mother's Day
“We’re going to cook a brisket together. I just started. I bought Myron Mixon’s book, that guy from the show, BBQ Pitmasters, and I’m trying to learn how to barbeque. So we’re going to cook us a brisket and see how that goes. So, yeah, that’s going to be Mother’s Day for me. She lives 100 yards from me. We took her to lunch this week. I like sushi a lot and I just got her to where she’ll eat some of that. So we went and took her to lunch this week and got a haircut and just typical, normal stuff.”
On what his mom means to his career
“Oh, mom -- (she's) everything. She's been with me and is usually at every race track. Missing it this weekend. Definitely be there next weekend. It's always fun to have her here. I'm telling you, she's a racer. She wants to win and she's going to tell you, 'You're doing wrong -- shape up,' when you need it and she's going to tell you, 'Proud of you,' and, 'You did a good job,' when she's proud of you. Just a neat lady and we all enjoy her.”
On what he has learned from his mom
“She was a hardworking woman. When I was a kid I was the fifth of five and my dad worked at the Pepsi plant and she was a cashier lady at the IGA and so I would go to the IGA and I would have a dollar and I would try to buy $3 worth of stuff and get there and tell her that I needed that stuff. She was probably making $2 an hour and it wasn't really fair for me to think I needed that, but I didn't know much so I just told her to write a check. I saw she had some in her purse. I'm appreciative of who she was and how even though my mom and dad worked eight to 10 hours a day, I felt loved. I had a home, it was clean and it felt like where I belonged. My mom is 86 now and we had a birthday dinner Monday night in Cornelius (N.C.) at Red Rocks and she's just as sweet and as spry as ever. She's physically a little bit off, but mentally she's strong and loving and caring. I just want to feel loved -- if I'm a kid I just want to know my parents love me and I'm fortunate I had that. I hope everybody gets that and I know they don't and that sucks.”
On DeLana Harvick's first Mother's Day as a mom
“My biggest plan is to not screw up Sunday in the first year. You don’t want to screw up the first Mother’s Day. My main objective is to make sure that you have the gift pre-week, and don’t forget to hand it out on Sunday. Obviously, my Mom has always been there. Always been supportive of everything I do. That is something you don’t want to forget as well. You want to make sure you don’t forget on either front.”
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