Four generations of family share passion for NASCAR

It always has been about family in NASCAR, a sport that gets handed down from generation to generation, an heirloom as precious as a golden brooch to those who feel a need for speed.

There were the Frances -- Bill Sr., Bill Jr., Brian, Lesa, Jim and J.C.

There were the Pettys -- Lee, Richard, Kyle and Adam.

There were the Earnhardts -- Ralph, Dale, Dale Jr. and Kerry.

And the Allisons -- Bobby, Davey and Clifford.

There were the Jarretts and Wallaces and Pearsons and so many more.

And that's just on the track.

Off the track, there are the Greer women of Las Vegas -- Charlotte Greer, her daughter Susie Cope, Susie's daughter Lisa Denison, and Lisa's daughter Taylor.

The Greer women range in age from 13 to 95. On March 20, they will range from 13 to 96, as matriarch Charlotte Greer is set to celebrate another birthday.

On Saturday, she watched the Sam's Town 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with her daughter, granddaughter and great-granddaughter from the top row of the Earnhardt terrace -- there's that family thing again -- in Turn 4. Her son-in-law Jim served as crew chief for the group.

It was Charlotte Greer's first NASCAR race. She said LVMS looks much bigger in person than on television. Then she hugged a reporter, telling him she had been watching stock-car races on TV "for years and years."

"Even when they raced on dirt tracks," she said.

Susie, 60, said her mother was the one who handed down the golden brooch, the need for speed, to the other three generations of Greer women.

"Mom's into all sort of different racing, NASCAR, IndyCar, even ski racing. (Charlotte grew up in Minnesota.) I used to think it was boring. We have a lot more in common now."

Susie pulls for the Busch brothers of Las Vegas. So does Lisa. So does Taylor.

Charlotte's favorites are Darrell Waltrip and the Labontes.

She's been around a little longer.

Contact reporter Ron Kantowski at or 702-383-0353.


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