Dale Jarrett
Dale Jarrett
Born November 26, 1956 (1956-11-26) (age 63)
Conover, North Carolina
Achievements Named one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers

2004 USG Person of the Year Award

1x Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion (1999)

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
Best pts finish 1st (1999)
First Race 1984 Sovran Bank 500
First Win 1991 Champion Spark Plug 400
Last race 2008 Food City 500
Last win 2005 UAW-Ford 500
Wins: 32 Championships: 1
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
Best pts finish 4th (1984, 1986)
First Race 1982 Goody's 300
Last race 2007 Food City 250
First Win 1986 L.D. Swain 150
Last win 1995 Jiffy Lube Miami 300
Wins: 11 Championships: 0

Dale Arnold Jarrett (born November 26, 1956) is a retired American stock car racing driver and current television racing analyst. He is the son of Ned Jarrett and younger brother of Glenn Jarrett. Jarrett's first race was the Sovran Bank 500 at (Martinsville) in the #02 Chevy for Emanuel Zervakis. In 1999, Jarrett won the Winston Cup Championship, which is now called the Monster Energy Cup Series, and thus with his father, Ned Jarrett, became only the second father-son duo to win a championship. Jarrett has won the Daytona 500 three times, in 1993, 1996, and 2000. Jarrett never intended on following in his father's racing footsteps. Dale's father envisioned him becoming a professional golfer. In fact, Dale was offered a golf scholarship by the University of South Carolina, but he turned it down because he "didn't really care for schooling".

Early Career Edit

Robert Yates Racing Edit

In 1996 Jarrett joined Robert Yates Racing in the #88 Quality Care Ford Taraus. Jarrett got his first win in the first race of the season at the Daytona 500 after starting 7th. He had 3 more wins and 2 more poles, finishing 3rd in points, If that wasn't good enough, the next season he pulled off 7 wins and 20 top 5's finishing 2nd in points. In 1999, Jarrett set a true career accomplishment, winning his first career championship with 4 wins 24 top 5's and 29 top 10's. In 2001, a sponsorship changed to the UPS.

Move to ToyotaEdit

Dale Jarrett announced during the Dodge Charger 500 weekend that he will be leaving Robert Yates Racing at season's end to join Michael Waltrip Racing to drive for one of the new Toyota teams in 2007. On June 10, 2007, a rumor was started that due to Jarrett's lack of performance, he could get let go to move to another Toyota team, so far Jarrett has started 11 of 14 races with a best finish of 22nd. Jarrett will run only 5 races of the 2008 season, David Reutimann was his replacement.

Retirement Edit

Jarrett announced on Speed Channel his contract with Michael Waltrip Racing would be up at the end of the 2008 Season, and he would retire. He planned on running six races: the Daytona 500, Auto Club 500, UAW-Dodge 400, Kobalt Tools 500, and his last race at the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 16, 2008. Honored before the race, he qualified and finished 37th.

Busch Series

Year(s) Car # Sponsor Make Team/Owner
2007 (1 race)44UPSToyotaMichael Waltrip Racing
2005 (5 races)90Citi FinancialFordYates Racing
1998-199332White Rain (1997-1998)
Band Aid (1996)
Mac Tools (1995)
Shoe World (1994)
Pic N' Pay Shoes (1993)
199218Interstate BatteriesChevrolethimself
1990-199132Nestle CrunchPontiachimself
1987-198932Budweiser/Valvoline (1984)
Busch (1985)
Nationwise (1986)
Port-A-Lube (1987-1989)
PontiacHorace Isenhower
198224unsponsoredFordMarvin Thackston

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