BRAD KESELOWSKI: "My mom was as selfless as they come, and she would do anything for my dad's (racing career). She helped me in a lot of ways, as a mother, which was great, and also as a spotter when I first got started, and to this day, I would say she could probably out-spot half the Cup guys out there right now. She's really good at it."
DALE EARNHARDT JR.: "My parents split up when I was really young, but no matter where I was, I was around a race car, which I really appreciated. She had a hard time giving up custody of me and Kelly to my father in 1981. She just knew we would have better opportunities and a better life in that situation. She has a great sense of humor and is very sarcastic, and I really appreciate that. If you want an honest opinion and you want the truth, even if you don't want to hear it, your mom is the best person to go to."
TONY STEWART: "She's a pretty patient woman. Anyone that could actually raise me and not want to kill me or kick me out of the house has got to be a very patient person. That's my mom. She's a very patient lady with a great heart, and she's really good with people."
JAMIE McMURRAY: "She taught me first off, how important getting an education was. She was a schoolteacher. And my mom was really conservative and good at saving money and not wasting things, and that has rubbed off on me. I've been that way my whole life. That's from her and listening to her and just doing what she did when she was raising us."
JEFF GORDON: "She would drive in the quarter midgets Mother's Day race every year and finished second every year because the woman who always won used to race quarter midgets. We didn't give her a fast enough car ... or she was at a disadvantage from an experience standpoint. But she did great."
JIMMIE JOHNSON: "My personality and the way I treat others, even the way I compete, reflects my mom. She's a respectful person and treats others how they treat you; a lot of those things from my mother's personality show through. Mother's Day is a special day; especially now being a parent and understanding that a little bit better. It makes me reflect back and think about all the times I was traveling the country in a 1979 Ford Econoline van with a little 12-foot trailer behind it towing motorcycles. I can't imagine parents taking off weeks at a time to take me to Oklahoma to race dirt bikes or to Tennessee or to Las Vegas. All the sacrifices they made were pretty awesome."
CARL EDWARDS: "As I get older, I realize how important parenting is. I am very, very fortunate. The one thing both of my parents did that really means the most is they really, truly made me believe that whatever it is I wanted to do, I could go do. At times, I thought, that sounds good, but they're just saying that. But it's true. You have to have people like that behind you."
DIANE NEWMAN, RYAN NEWMAN'S MOTHER: "When my first baby was born, his daddy was right there, and he said, "We've got a quarter-midget driver here.' It's not like, 'How are you doing, dear?' But he was excited, and I was, too. I clocked all of Ryan's times from the start to the end and compared times and notes with the others. When he would run dirt tracks, his car would get muddy. ... I would help clean the car up, too ... push the car out on the track ... make sure we all had meals at the motor homes and campers."
CAROL BICKFORD, JEFF GORDON'S MOTHER: "For any parent, and maybe moms are more emotional than dads ... it's nerves. You get nervous. I love all kinds of sports. When the Olympics are on, I'm watching the downhill skiers ... what they put their bodies through. Could I watch my son do those ski jumps? You learn to accept there's some danger in it. When I see ... my son is sitting in a race car ... he has the helmet and protective gear on. So I feel he's safe."
BRENDA JACKSON, DALE EARNHARDT JR.'S MOTHER on advice she gives to her son for postrace interviews: "Think twice and speak once."