Father’s Day Evokes Strong Feelings for JRM Drivers

Ron Lemasters | JR Motorsports | 6/15/2017

Anthony Alfredo Elliott Sadler Josh Berry Justin Allgaier Michael Annett Michigan News William Byron

Parents are often the driving force behind their sons and daughters as they progress the ladder toward the top of whatever field the children choose to undertake. In the racing world, it’s especially true.

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (June 15, 2017) – Parents are often the driving force behind their sons and daughters as they progress the ladder toward the top of whatever field the children choose to undertake. In the racing world, it’s especially true, given the cost and all-in attitude it takes to get to the top in NASCAR’s national series.

Dads everywhere are celebrated for the things they do for their kids, and at JR Motorsports, it’s no different.

Each of the team’s drivers has a father who helped put them on the path, and each took the time to say a few words of thanks.

William Byron, the 19-year-old phenom from Charlotte, who will drive the No. 9 Liberty University Chevrolet this weekend at Michigan International Speedway for JRM, said he’s thankful for his father Bill’s guidance and support.

"It's meant so much to have my dad with me throughout my racing career,” the younger Byron said prior to heading to the Irish Hills for the weekend. “Over the years we have celebrated good moments together and worked through tough times. He's guided me and always made sure that I'm prepared to do the best I can. I'm so thankful for all his support.”

Elliott Sadler, driver of the No. 1 OneMain Financial Camaro, grew up in a racing family, and is now a father himself. He remembers fondly his father Herman’s support in those early years, as he and brother Hermie rose through the ranks to the top of the NASCAR ladder.

"My dad has always been my biggest supporter,” Sadler said. “He raced, my Uncle Bud raced and that's what paved the way for (brother) Hermie and me to make it in NASCAR. We grew up traveling up and down the East Coast racing. That's the best family time you can ask for and I'll always be grateful for my dad supporting my racing career."

Justin Allgaier, also a father, has a similar background. His father Mike was the guiding light and force behind his racing career, from Midwestern short tracks to the NASCAR Cup Series, and spends a lot of time at the track with wife Dot watching their son drive the No. 7 Chevrolet for JRM.

“We celebrate Father’s Day on one day...there’s no way one day even begins to do it justice,” the Illinois native said. “I’m passionate about what I do, about racing, but my dad was also passionate about racing, which is what instilled that in me. On the flip side of that, he was also passionate about me. When I was growing up, his big thing always was, ‘go out there and give it 100 percent, put every bit of effort into it you can, and most importantly, have fun.’ Still to this day, he’ll walk up to the car before the race, fist bump, and tell me to have fun.

“I think from a racer, that’s a really cool moment, but as a child and now looking at my daughter, those are the moments you really enjoy. I want to be remembered as a dad who put the effort in up front so she can reap the reward when it’s over.”

Michael Annett, who drives the No. 5 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet this weekend for JRM, is proud of his father Harrold and all the support he has given him as he’s risen to NASCAR stardom.

"I wouldn't be where I am today if it wasn't for my dad,” Annett said. “I wake up every day hoping I can accomplish even half of what he does day in and day out. On the business end, I've never met anyone that can touch the goals and dreams he meets every day and, in the end, I'm the luckiest guy in the world because I get to call him my dad."

Josh Berry, driver of the No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevrolet Late Model and winner of more than 40 Late Model races for JRM over the past five seasons, had his father in his corner from day one as a racer.

“My racing career started on my eighth birthday when my present was a go-kart from my parents,” the Tennessee native said. “We went from karts to compacts to Legend Cars, and always had fun racing no matter where or what we were doing.  My dad always went above and beyond to try to keep us racing over those years. Racing with him while growing up was some of the most fun I've ever had in racing.  Although he doesn't get to as many races now, I am glad he has some more time to get caught up on some fishing!” 

Anthony Alfredo, the 18-year-old driver from Connecticut who competes in the No. 8 JR Motorsports Chevrolet for JRM’s Late Model team, is still in the beginning stages of his racing career, and his father Rob is actively involved in it.

"Since day one, my dad has always been supportive of anything I set my mind to,” Alfredo said. “I've always loved spending time with him whether it was going to work with him or even just driving to the hardware store. I have learned so much from him through the years and always look to him for advice. My dad has allowed me pursue a career in my passion and I will be forever grateful for that.”

The racing community is thankful for all its dads—and moms, for that matter. Please join the JRM drivers in wishing yours a Happy Father’s Day.

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RankDriverPointsBehind
1Elliott Sadler5020
2Justin Allgaier477-25
3William Byron #445-57
4Daniel Hemric #356-146
5Ryan Reed347-155
6Brennan Poole336-166
7Cole Custer #322-180
8Darrell Wallace Jr.321-181
10Michael Annett304-198