Don Prevish Jr. was 13 when his uncle took him to his first stock-car race at what was then known as Richmond Fairgrounds Raceway.
His uncle, a Henrico County policeman working a security gig at the track that day, dropped him off in the pits with two instructions.
"He told me not to get hit by a car and to have fun," Prevish recalled.
Prevish not only had fun, he fell in love with the sport that September afternoon in 1981. He marveled at the blue and yellow Wrangler Chevrolet driven by defending NASCAR Winston Cup (now Monster Energy Cup) champion Dale Earnhardt, but pledged his allegiance to Ford when Benny Parsons won the race in a car by that...