NASCAR Hall of Fame profile: Dale Jarrett

Dale JarrettOn Wednesday, the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte will induct its 2014 class, including Tim Flock, Jack Ingram, Dale Jarrett, Maurice Petty and Fireball Roberts. The induction ceremony is scheduled to get underway at 7 p.m. ET and may be seen live on FOX Sports 1. Below, is the second in a series of Hall of Fame profiles, this one featuring Dale Jarrett:

Dale Jarrett will join his father, Ned Jarrett, in the NASCAR Hall of Fame come Wednesday night when the younger Jarrett is officially inducted into the Hall in Uptown Charlotte. Ned and Dale Jarrett are one of only two father/son pairings to claim NASCAR top-level championships, with the other pairing being fellow NASCAR Hall of Famers Lee and Richard Petty.

Dale Jarrett claimed his Winston (now-Sprint) Cup title in 1999, topping off a season that saw him claim 29 top-10 finishes in the 34-race season. He finished out that year on a streak of eight-straight of those 29 top-10s. Jarrett’s 1999 tally also included four trips to victory lane.

Jarrett was a star athlete in high school before going into the family business of racing. He turned down a college golf scholarship, instead opting to follow his dad to NASCAR. Between the years of 1984 and 2008, Jarrett competed in 668 starts at the Cup level, running three races in 1984 and one more in 1986 before becoming a fixture in the series in 1987. Upon reaching the Cup Series full-time, Jarrett drove for teams including Wood Brothers Racing, Joe Gibbs Racing and Robert Yates Racing. During that time, he posted 32 wins, including three Daytona 500 victories and two wins in the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Just as he followed father Ned to NASCAR, Jarrett also followed him into the broadcast booth and now works as a commentator for ABC and ESPN.

– Photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR

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