Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Casey Mears' Dad Shares Father/Son Memories

In honor of Father's Day, the folks at have contacted the dads of your favorite drivers and asked them to share their fondest memories of their now-famous sons. Roger Mears, Greg Newman, Martin Truex, Sr. and Clyde Vickers all chipped in with their stories about their boys. To read each Dad's interview in its entirety, just search “NASCAR Father’s Day” at .

In the meantime, here's a little from Roger Mears on his son Casey's early start in racing:

Sprint Cup driver Casey Mears, pilot of the No. 07 Jack Daniel’s Chevrolet, won his first NASCAR Cup Series race at the age of 29.

But his father, Roger, recalls the first indication that Casey would become a racing great himself. Casey was just two years of age. "One of my earliest memories is when Casey would sit for hours racing his little Hot Wheels cars,” Roger said.

By age four, Casey had left Hot Wheels behind and moved up to BMX bicycles. According to Mears, "Casey was so little that he couldn't touch the ground when he was on top of his bike, so I would have to hold the bike for the start of the race and then run down the hill to catch him when he finished."

Photo: Casey Mears and his dad Roger Mears

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