Ned Jarrett

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Ned Jarrett
NedJarrettMRNRadio.jpg
Ned Jarrett working for MRN
Born (1932-10-12) October 12, 1932 (age 86)
Conover, North Carolina, U.S.
Achievements1961, 1965 Grand National Champion
1957, 1958 Sportsman Division Champion
1965 Southern 500 Winner
Led Grand National Series in wins 2 times (1964, 1965)
AwardsNamed one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers (1998)
Myers Brothers Memorial Award (1964, 1965, 1982, 1983)
National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame (1972)
North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame inductee (1990)
International Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee (1991)
Oceanside Rotary Club Stock Car Hall of Fame inductee (1992)
National Auto Racing Hall of Fame inductee (United States) (1992)
American Auto Race Writers & Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame inductee (1992)
Jacksonville, Florida Speedway Hall of Fame inductee (1993)
Motorsports Hall of Fame of America inductee (1997)
Talladega Walk of Fame inductee (1997)
Hickory Metro Sports Hall of Fame inductee (2001)
NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee (2011)
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
352 races run over 13 years
Best finish1st (1961, 1965)
First race1953 (Hickory)
Last race1966 American 500 (Rockingham)
First win1959 (Myrtle Beach)
Last win1965 Tidewater 300 (Moyock)
Wins Top tens Poles
50 239 35
Statistics current as of May 3, 2013.

Ned Jarrett (born October 12, 1932) is an American retired race car driver and two-time NASCAR Grand National Series champion.

He was best known for his calm demeanor and he became known as "Gentleman Ned Jarrett". He is the father of former drivers Glenn Jarrett and Dale Jarrett.

Racing career[edit]

Jarrett was introduced to cars early in life: his father let him drive the family car to church on Sunday mornings when he was nine years old. Jarrett started working for his father in the sawmill by the time he was 12, but racing was what he wanted.

Ned drove in his first race in 1952 at Hickory Motor Speedway (North Carolina). He drove a Sportsman (now Xfinity) Series Ford that he co-owned with his brother-in-law, and finished tenth. This did not go over well with his father. His father told him he could work on cars but not drive them. Once, his brother-in-law was sick for a race and asked Jarrett to fill in for him. Jarrett used his brother-in-law's name and came in second in that race. That worked out so smoothly that Jarrett drove in a few more races under an assumed name, but was finally caught by his father after winning a race. His father told him if he was going to drive to at least use his own name.

Jarrett raced in his first Grand National (now Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series) Series race in the 1953 Southern 500 at Darlington Speedway. He was out after 10 laps after the engine leaked oil.

Jarrett was the 1955 track champion at Hickory Motor Speedway.

Jarrett came in second driving in the Sportsman Series in 1956, and won the 1957 and 1958 championships.

In 1959, he was looking to pursue a career in the Grand National Series. He purchased a Junior Johnson Ford for $2,000. He did not have enough money to cover the check, so he waited until the bank closed to write the check, entered two races, and won them both to cover the cost of his car.

In 1960, he won five races, before winning the 1961 Grand National championship with 22 top-five finishes and 34 top-ten finishes out of 46 races, with one win.

One indicator of the personal character of "Gentleman Ned" Jarrett is demonstrated by the decision to sell his 1961 (raced as No. 11) Chevrolet to Wendell Scott (the first NASCAR African American driver) who travelled from his Virginia home to Jarrett's shop on West "A" Street in Newton, NC, to take delivery of the Chevy Bel Air (raced the previous season) when Jarrett changed to Fords in 1962. Scott hauled the old blue coupe away on the back of an open trailer. Bobby Isaac frequented the shop on West A Street during this period when Bud Alman was the crew chief assisted by mechanic "John Carl" Ervin. Ervin later became crew chief to Jarrett and the No. 11 Fords.

Jarrett was once overheard talking with Alman and Ervin about the need to "run all the races" to win the championship. Schedules in those days sometimes included more than one race per week. Among the unique tracks of the early era was Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, which was actually the area around the football field inside the Bowman Gray Stadium. The race schedule was difficult. The race teams were smaller, often having only one or two paid members. For example, Jarrett required significant effort in order to prepare for the 1963 Daytona 500 race when the latest "fastback" body was introduced by Ford. Alman and Ervin removed (air-chiseled) most of the body from a 1962 Ford "fatback" dirt car. Next, the two air-chiseled the new body from a 1963 fastback and fitted it onto the old body and chassis. This hybrid body became the car Jarrett drove to third in the "fastback Ford" sweep (top five positions) at Daytona that year.

In 1964, Jarrett joined team owner Bondy Long and with the support of Ford won 15 times (one of which was with Charles Robinson)[1] but lost the championship to Richard Petty. Jarrett picked up his first superspeedway win, at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

In 1965, Jarrett became a star when he won 13 races and another Grand National championship. He placed among the top five in 42 of the 54 races that he ran.

The 1965 Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway was one of the wildest races in NASCAR history. Rookie driver Buren Skeen died after two cars ran into the side of his car in the early laps. Sam McQuagg was leading the race, when Cale Yarborough tried to muscle past McQuagg for the lead. Yarborough flew over the guardrail, rolled around six times, and ended up at the end of the parking lot by a light post. Yarborough waved to the crowd as he walked back to the pits. A video clip of the wreck was used on ABC's Wide World of Sports for several years. With 44 laps left, Fred Lorenzen and Darel Dieringer were fighting for the lead far ahead of Jarrett. Lorenzen's motor expired, and even before he could get into the pits Dieringer's motor started smoking too. Dieringer continued at a slower pace to finish third. The race was won by Jarrett by 14 laps and 2 car lengths[2] or 19.25 miles, which is the farthest margin of victory in NASCAR history (in terms of miles).

In 1966, Jarrett raced in only 21 of 49 races, achieving eight top ten finishes. When Ford announced that they were withdrawing from NASCAR, Jarrett decided that it was time to retire at the age of 34. Jarrett is the only driver to retire as the NASCAR champion.

Ervin remained as a crew chief to the Jarrett family for years. Ervin later would become crew chief for Dale Jarrett in the No. 32 Busch car owned by DAJ racing.

Jarrett left racing and dealt in real estate and other business ventures before coming back to racing as a broadcaster. He also was the track promoter for Hickory Motor Speedway.

Racing announcer[edit]

In the early 1960s, Ned began a radio program on WNNC in Newton, North Carolina. His taped show was replayed and locally sponsored, in part by station owner Earl Holder, who gave him both a taping facility and recording studio time for a moderate rate to fill in local programming. It is believed by some that this radio station, WNNC, where Dr. Jerry Punch also began his career on the local high school radio station staff in 1965, was probably the beginning of Jarrett's radio career. Jarrett would sometimes record more than one radio show at a time in order to facilitate the distance required to compete in what was then the "Grand National" circuit of NASCAR.

Jarrett gives much credit to his taking a Dale Carnegie class for his success as a broadcaster and in life.[3]

Later, in 1978, Jarrett became a radio broadcaster for MRN Radio. He interviewed U.S. President Ronald Reagan live at the 1984 Firecracker 400 at Daytona International Speedway, the race famous as Richard Petty's 200th win. Jarrett also hosted a daily radio program about racing on MRN Radio called "Ned Jarrett's World of Racing" until May 15, 2009, when he announced he would retire from the program. Joe Moore became its new host the following Monday, May 18.

Jarrett was a television broadcaster on CBS, first as a pit reporter from 1979 to 1984, and later as color analyst from 1984 to 2000; he was also color analyst on ESPN from 1989 to 2000. He called several of NASCAR's more memorable television moments. He called his son Dale's first victory (in his 129th race) in the 1991 Champion Spark Plug 400 at the Michigan International Speedway. Dale banged Davey Allison's fender at the finish line in what was then the closest finish in NASCAR history. Another famous moment was when he called Dale's victory at the 1993 Daytona 500, breaking impartiality and openly siding with his son on the last lap and coaching him home to victory over Dale Earnhardt. Embarrassed by his show of favoritism, he tried to apologize to Earnhardt after the race, but Earnhardt merely smiled and said, "I'm a father, too."

In addition, Jarrett was a host for the original Inside NASCAR on TNN and NASCAR Tech on FSN.

On May 26, 2007 Ned returned to the booth to call the Carquest Auto Parts 300 Busch race alongside Andy Petree, Jerry Punch, and his son, 1999 Cup Champ, Dale Jarrett.

In 2015, as part of Darlington returning to its traditional Labor Day weekend, a throwback weekend was formed. As part of the throwback weekend, Ned Jarrett, along with his son Dale Jarrett and Ken Squier, called part of the 66th annual Southern 500. The team was reunited for part of the broadcast of the Southern 500 race in 2016 and 2017.

Awards[edit]

As of 2004, Jarrett had been inducted in 12 motorsports and sports Halls of Fame.

On October 13, 2010, Jarrett was selected to be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame as one of the 5 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductees of the 2011 class.

He was inducted into the 2011 class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame on May 23, 2011.

Head of racing family[edit]

Ned is the father of Dale Jarrett, who earned his lone NASCAR championship in 1999 and currently is a race broadcaster for NBC Sports. Ned and Dale became the second father-son combination to win Cup championships (after Lee Petty and Richard Petty). Ned has spotted for Dale in the past. Ned's other son is Glenn Jarrett, who was a sporadic Busch Series driver and had a few Cup Series starts in the 1980s. Glenn now covers UHF television as a race broadcaster. Ned also has a daughter Patti. Patti is married to Jimmy Makar, who worked with Dale Jarrett for three years at Joe Gibbs Racing, and won the 2000 championship crew chief with Bobby Labonte. Dale's son Jason Jarrett also had a few Busch and Cup starts, with wins in the ARCA Re/Max Series.

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led. ** – All laps led.)

Grand National Series[edit]

NASCAR Grand National Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 NGNC Pts Ref
1953 Mellie Bernard Ford PBS DAB HAR NWS CLT RCH CCS LAN CLB HCY MAR PMS RSP LOU FFS LAN TCS WIL MCF PIF MOR ATL RVS LCF DAV HBO AWS PAS HCY
11
68th 174 [4]
Ned Jarrett 79 Olds DAR
59
CCS LAN BLF WIL NWS MAR ATL
1954 Mellie Bernard 17 Studebaker PBS DAB JSP ATL OSP OAK NWS HBO CCS LAN WIL MAR SHA RSP CLT GAR CLB LND HCY
18
MCF WGS PIF AWS SFS GRS MOR OAK CLT SAN COR DAR CCS CLT LAN MAS MAR 147th 64 [5]
61 Olds NWS
21
1955 30 Pontiac TCS PBS JSP DAB OSP CLB HBO NWS MGY LAN CLT HCY ASF TUS MAR RCH NCF FOR LIN MCF FON AIR CLT PIF CLB AWS MOR ALS NYF SAN CLT FOR MAS RSP DAR
37
MGY LAN RSP
33
GPS MAS CLB MAR LVP 173rd - [6]
Ned Jarrett 89 Buick NWS
22
HBO
1956 HCY
21
CLT
12
WSS PBS ASF DAB PBS WIL ATL NWS LAN RCH CLB CON GPS HCY HBO MAR LIN CLT POR EUR NYF MER MAS CLT MCF POR AWS RSP PIF CSF CHI CCF MGY OKL ROA OBS SAN NOR PIF MYB POR DAR CSH CLT LAN POR CLB HBO NWP CLT CCF MAR HCY WIL 166th - [7]
1957 23 Ford WSS CON TIC DAB CON
19
WIL HBO AWS NWS LAN CLT PIF GBF POR CCF RCH MAR POR EUR LIN LCS ASP NWP CLB CPS PIF JAC RSP CLT MAS POR HCY NOR LCS GLN KPC LIN OBS MYB DAR NYF AWS CSF SCF LAN CLB CCF CLT MAR NBR CON NWS GBF NA - [8]
1959 Paul Spaulding 11 Ford FAY DAY DAY HBO CON ATL WIL BGS CLB
2
NWS REF 37th 1248 [9]
Ned Jarrett 38 Chevy HCY
9
MAR TRN CLT
11
NSV ASP PIF GPS
22
ATL
31
CLB WIL
20
RCH BGS AWS DAY HEI CLT
11 Ford MBS
1
CLT
1
NSV AWS
17
BGS GPS
3
38 CLB
8*
DAR HCY RCH
15
CSF HBO
19
MAR
12
AWS
8
NWS
25
CON
34
1960 CLT
26
CLB
1
DAY 4th 14660 [10]
11 DAY
35
DAY
6
CLT
11
NWS
4
PHO CLB
11
MAR
10
HCY
2
WIL
13
BGS
5
GPS
1
AWS
3
DAR
16
PIF
1
HBO
2
RCH
3*
HMS CLT
30
BGS
5
DAY
7
HEI
16
MAB
4
MBS
6
ATL
15
BIR
1**
NSV
20
AWS
13
PIF
4
CLB
4
SBO
14
BGS
10
DAR
5
HCY
5
CSF GSP
1
HBO
2
MAR
28
NWS
7
CLT
3
RCH
3
ATL
43
1961 CLT
16
JSP
19
1st 27272 [11]
B. G. Holloway Chevy DAY
5
DAY DAY
7
ATL
5
HBO
19
BGS
5
MAR
5
NWS
24
CLB
2*
HCY
19
RCH
4
MAR
6
DAR
10
CLT
8
CLT RSD ASP CLT
4
PIF
5
BIR
1
GPS
2*
BGS
6
NOR
3
HAS
6
STR
11
DAY
12
ATL
14
CLB
3
MBS
3
BRI
3
NSV
2
BGS
3
AWS
4
RCH
2
SBO
3
DAR
6
HCY
8*
RCH
4
CSF ATL
7
MAR
13
NWS
5
CLT
18
BRI
6
GPS
6
HBO
3
Ford PIF
16
AWS
3
HMS GPS
14
1962 Chevy CON
5
AWS
5
DAY DAY
16
DAY
9
AWS
16
SVH
13*
HBO
10
RCH
2*
CLB
1
NWS
24
GPS
1
MBS
3
MAR
13
BGS
7
BRI
4
RCH
14
HCY
13
CON
19
DAR
9
PIF
1
CLT
6
ATL
39
BGS
11
AUG
2
RCH
6
SBO
6
DAY
7
CLB
5
ASH
5
GPS
15
AUG
15
SVH
6
MBS
1*
BRI
9
CHT
8
NSV
5
HUN
4
AWS
3
STR
6
PIF
10
VAL
1
DAR
8
HCY
17
RCH
6
DTS
1**
AUG
4*
MAR
3
NWS
11
CLT
11
ATL
40
3rd 25336 [12]
1 CON
20
J.C. Parker 49 Pontiac BGS
6
1963 B. G. Holloway 11 Chevy BIR
11
GGS
19
4th 27214 [13]
Burton-Robinson Ford THS
24
RSD
6
DAY DAY
4
DAY
3
PIF
2*
HBO
4
ATL
10
HCY
3
BRI
15
AUG
1*
RCH
2
GPS
2*
SBO
3
BGS
5
MAR
4
NWS
25
CLB
3
THS
3*
DAR
20
ODS
2
RCH
1*
CLT
30
BIR
4
ATL
10
DAY
5
MBS
1*
SVH
1*
DTS
2*
BGS
2
ASH
1*
OBS
4
BRR
8
BRI
25
GPS
2*
NSV
7
CLB
4
AWS
9
PIF
1
BGS
5
ONA
4
DAR
21
HCY
14
RCH
1
MAR
19
DTS
1*
NWS
5
THS
9
CLT
32
SBO HBO
20
RSD
34
Herman Beam 19 Ford AWS
5
1964 Burton-Robinson 11 Ford CON
1*
AUG
5
JSP
7
SVH
20
2nd 34950 [14]
Bondy Long RSD
5
DAY
8
DAY DAY
27
RCH
13*
BRI
6
GPS
2*
BGS
2
ATL
3
AWS
16
HBO
20
PIF
1
CLB
1
NWS
2
MAR
4
SVH
12
DAR
4
LGY
1*
HCY
1
SBO
3
CLT
33
GPS
14
ASH
1*
ATL
1*
CON
3
NSV
17
CHT
4
BIR
1**
VAL
19
PIF
5
DAY
23
ODS
1*
OBS
2
BRR
6
ISP
2
GLN
8
LIN
15
BRI
25
NSV
5
MBS
4
AWS
1*
DTS
1
ONA
3
CLB
4
BGS
3
STR
2
DAR
4
HCY RCH
5
ODS
1*
HBO
1
MAR
5
SVH
1**
NWS
29
CLT
4
HAR
2
AUG
19
JAC
1*
1965 RSD
19
DAY
2
DAY DAY
5
PIF
1
AWS
1*
RCH
11
HBO
1
ATL
3
GPS
2
NWS
3
MAR
10
CLB
2
BRI
3
DAR
3
LGY
1*
BGS
2
HCY
2
CLT
20
CCF
1
ASH
2
HAR
1*
BIR
1**
ATL
3
GPS
13
MBS
2
VAL
13
DAY
20
ODS
3
OBS
5
ISP
3
GLN
2
BRI
1
NSV
2
CCF
1
AWS
2
SMR
6
PIF
1
AUG
3
CLB
7
DTS
2
BLV
1**
BGS
4
DAR
1
HCY
3
LIN
4
ODS
2*
RCH
19
MAR
4
NWS
3
CLT
4
HBO
16
CAR
16
DTS
1
1st 38824 [15]
Jabe Thomas 25 Ford NSV
2
1966 Bondy Long 11 Ford AUG
3
RSD
8
DAY DAY
5
DAY
7
CAR
36
BRI
19
ATL
18
HCY
4
CLB GPS BGS NWS MAR DAR LGY MGR MON RCH CLT
8
DTS ASH PIF SMR BRR
28
OXF
26
FON
29
ISP
3
BRI
21
SMR
25
NSV ATL CLB AWS
15
BLV BGS DAR
13
HCY RCH HBO MAR
21
NWS CLT
37
CAR
3
13th 17616 [16]
Gray Racing 97 Ford AWS
26
BLV GPS DAY ODS
Daytona 500[edit]
Year Team Manufacturer Start Finish
1960 Ned Jarrett Ford 54 6
1961 B. G. Holloway Chevrolet 9 7
1962 38 9
1963 Burton-Robinson Ford 8 3
1964 Bondy Long 17 27
1965 3 5
1966 10 7

References[edit]

  1. ^ Caraviello, David (January 14, 2014). "TOP 10 DEBUTS WITH NEW TEAMS". NASCAR. Retrieved January 18, 2014.
  2. ^ NASCAR:THE COMPLETE HISTORY p17
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2015-06-01.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Ned Jarrett – 1953 NASCAR Grand National Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  5. ^ "Ned Jarrett – 1954 NASCAR Grand National Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  6. ^ "Ned Jarrett – 1955 NASCAR Grand National Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  7. ^ "Ned Jarrett – 1956 NASCAR Grand National Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  8. ^ "Ned Jarrett – 1957 NASCAR Grand National Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  9. ^ "Ned Jarrett – 1959 NASCAR Grand National Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  10. ^ "Ned Jarrett – 1960 NASCAR Grand National Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  11. ^ "Ned Jarrett – 1961 NASCAR Grand National Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  12. ^ "Ned Jarrett – 1962 NASCAR Grand National Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  13. ^ "Ned Jarrett – 1963 NASCAR Grand National Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  14. ^ "Ned Jarrett – 1964 NASCAR Grand National Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  15. ^ "Ned Jarrett – 1965 NASCAR Grand National Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  16. ^ "Ned Jarrett – 1966 NASCAR Grand National Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 14, 2019.

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Achievements
Preceded by
Rex White
NASCAR Grand National Champion
1961
Succeeded by
Joe Weatherly
Preceded by
Richard Petty
NASCAR Grand National Champion
1965
Succeeded by
David Pearson