NASCAR fans are notoriously rabid supporters of their favorite drivers, but one family has taken a big step to show their love for Dover International Speedway – they named their son after the track.
Dover Winston Durham lives in Colorado, nearly 2,000 miles away from his namesake track. The four-year-old’s middle name stems from the cigarette company that was the sponsor of NASCAR’s top series for decades, the Winston Cup. “I’ve always loved Dover,” says Dover’s dad Ken Durham. “I thought it was a cool name, and to keep with the racing initials theme we wanted a “W” in there for Darrell Waltrip, so we picked Winston as the middle name.”
Dover is not alone being named after a track. His five-year-old big brother is named Bristol Phoenix. Not surprisingly, with a super fan of a father, both boys are wild about NASCAR too. “These two are the same way, they’re just gear heads. They love engines, love the noise, monster trucks, everything,” says Ken.
No one in the family has been out to see a race at the Delaware track, but they hope to make a visit soon.