Retired NASCAR racer who won the Busch Series Championship in 1998 and 1999 and the Daytona 500 in 2004 and 2014. He went on to become an analyst for NASCAR on NBC.
He went into his first race with a car he co-owned with his half brother Kerry.
He won his 12th consecutive Sprint Cup Series Most Popular Driver Award in 2014.
He and Richard Petty both helped carry on their family's NASCAR legacies.