Dale Jarrett

Full Name:
Dale Arnold Jarrett
Born:
26th November 1956 (Age 62)
Conover, North Carolina
Nationality:
American
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

Both of Ned Jarrett’s sons followed their illustrious father to race in NASCAR and it was the younger brother who succeeded in the top division. Glenn Jarrett only started 10 races in the Winston Cup but Dale soon followed – making his debut in the 1984 Sovran Bank 500 at Martinsville.

It was 1987 before he was a regular in the series when he steered Eric Freelander’s Chevrolet to two top-10 finishes.

A race winner for Wood Brothers

A move to the famed Wood Brothers outfit in 1990 turned Jarrett into a race winner. His Citgo Ford Thunderbird was fourth at Atlanta in the final race of the year and he won the 1991 Champion Spark Plug 400 at Michigan when just 10 inches ahead of Davey Allison on the line.

Joe Gibbs Racing

Former American Football coach Joe Gibbs formed a new team in 1992 and hired Jarrett to drive his Interstate Batteries Chevrolet Lumina. The highlight of three seasons with the team was victory in the Daytona 500 at the start of his second season with his father commentating for CBS Television. That was one of 13 top-five finishes as Jarrett finished fourth in the 1993 standings.

Switch to Robert Yates and Ford

He moved to Robert Yates Racing in 1995 and his Texaco/Havoline Ford started the Daytona 500 from pole position – the first of Jarrett’s career. 1996 proved to be his best season so far with four victories that included the Daytona 500, Charlotte’s Coca-Cola 600 and the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis. He won the classics and was third in the championship.

Jarrett was at the height of his powers while driving for Yates – runner-up in 1997, third in 1998 and finally NASCAR Champion in 1999. His four victories that latter campaign included another Brickyard 400 triumph and title success made Ned and Dale Jarrett only the second father/son NASCAR champions after Lee and Richard Petty.

His defence began with domination at Daytona. Jarrett secured pole position for the 2000 Daytona 500 by winning his qualifying race and he followed that with victory in the non-championship Bud Shootout and the Daytona 500 itself. Fourth in that year’s championship, he led for much of the 2001 season only to slip to fifth by the end of the campaign.

The 2004 season was Jarrett’s first for 12 years without victory but he scored a 32nd and final NASCAR win in the 2005 UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega.

Michael Waltrip and Toyota

He left Yates to join Michael Waltrip’s Toyota team in 2007, taking long-time sponsors UPS with him. That was a difficult season which included 12 failures to qualify as he finished no higher than 17th. He started the first five races of 2008 before retiring to follow his father into the commentary booth with ESPN.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
2008 Sprint Cup 54th 367
2007 Nextel Cup 41st 1584
2006 Nextel Cup 23rd 3438
2005 Nextel Cup
Robert Yates Racing
1 0 1 1 15th 3960
2004 Nextel Cup 15th 4214
2003 Winston Cup
Robert Yates Racing
1 0 1 1 26th 3358
2002 Winston Cup
Robert Yates Racing
2 0 2 2 9th 4415
2001 Winston Cup
Robert Yates Racing
4 0 4 4 5th 4612
2000 Winston Cup
Robert Yates Racing
2 1 2 2 4th 4684
1999 Winston Cup
Robert Yates Racing
4 0 4 4 1st 5262
1998 Winston Cup
Robert Yates Racing
3 0 3 3 3rd 4619
1997 Winston Cup
Robert Yates Racing
7 1 7 7 2nd 4696
1996 Winston Cup
Robert Yates Racing
4 0 4 4 3rd 4568
1995 Winston Cup
Robert Yates Racing
1 0 1 1 13th 3584
1994 Winston Cup
Joe Gibbs Racing
1 0 1 1 16th 3298
1993 Winston Cup
Joe Gibbs Racing
1 0 1 1 4th 4000
1992 Winston Cup 19th 3251
1991 Winston Cup
Wood Brothers Racing
1 0 1 1 17th 3124
1990 Winston Cup 25th 2558
1989 Winston Cup 24th 2789
1988 Winston Cup 23rd 2622
1987 Winston Cup 25th 2177
1986 Winston Cup 110th 76
1984 Winston Cup Grand National 54th 267