Drivers Remember Memorable Gifts
By: MRN Staff on December 24, 2012 | 10:03 A.M. EST
Bowyer: "Probably a PW50 my first motorcycle. I'll never forget having it. We started riding around the yard and within a week we were building a ramp and jumping the sandbox in the backyard. That's probably my most fond memory." (Photo: Getty Images)
NASCAR drivers look back on their most memorable Christmas gifts.
Clint Bowyer: "Probably a PW50 my first motorcycle. I'll never forget having it. We started riding around the yard and within a week we were building a ramp and jumping the sandbox in the backyard. That's probably my most fond memory."
Jeff Burton: "We had one Christmas, I'll never forget. We came down the stairs and there was a brand new go-kart and a motorcycle there. Man that was big. I couldn't believe that there was a motorcycle and a go-kart. It was unbelievable. For me, that was it, I was going to get to go fast and drive something. That was an unbelievable Christmas."
Kyle Busch: "I’d say the biggest thing was that every Christmas was just tearing our race cars apart and looking forward to the next year and being in the garage and spending time as a family with Dad and some friends and my brother of course. Having Mom or Grandma bringing out some dinner or some snacks to us sometimes when we were enjoying the off-season.”
Denny Hamlin: "I was 10 years old and I got my first racing go-kart. My parents had it all painted up really nice and had it hid in the next room and I wasn't allowed to go in the next room until I opened the door. When I saw it I was like 'wow.' That was the moment I realized I was going to be a race car driver."
Kevin Harvick: "Probably the best present I ever got was a go-kart driving suit that I wore for probably eight years. It was the best fitting high waters you could ever imagine as (I) wore it for several years."
Jimmie Johnson: "There's two Christmases that were just amazing. The first one was my motorcycle. I vaguely remember coming out and seeing that motorcycle under the Christmas tree."
Matt Kenseth: "To be honest with you I think more the experience and what we did around Christmas and the different things we had going on more so than presents. My grandma was always singing in the Singing Christmas tree at church and I always remember going and watching her sing. Waking up in Wisconsin on Christmas morning and the tree and the lights. Being with your family and running around in your PJs. Really honestly I can't remember a present, I just remember the experience."
Parker Kligerman: "I walked downstairs and there was a (Power Wheel-type truck) Gaucho Grande. It was like the fastest one. It had two gears. That thing had two seats in it and my buddies and I would ride around the neighborhood all day. We would go off-roading in it and drive it through water. The thing was indestructible. I think I was six or seven years old, maybe, and they came out one day and I had figured out how to undo the governor and set it into second so it would go faster. It had plastic wheels and I was always trying to put rubber around the wheels to gain more traction. Maybe it was a wake-up call that their son wanted to go fast."
Tony Stewart: "I don't ever think there was a bad Christmas. We've had everything from trees and presents to Christmases where I just stayed at home and worked on race cars all day and didn't go anywhere. All of them were fun a special just because it was something different each year."