A great honor was bestowed upon the father of a future Charlotte 49er. Dale Jarrett, whose son, Zach, will be taking his swings with the Niners next season, was voted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame earlier today.
Jarrett is a three-time Daytona 500 winner (1993, 1996 and 2000), just one of five drivers to win it at least three times (Jeff Gordon and Bobby Allison won it thrice; Cale Yarborough won it four times and Richard Petty won it seven). He retired with 260 top-ten finishes and 32 wins in Sprint Cup Series racing (formerly Winston Cup and Nextel Cup), along with 173 top tens and 11 wins on the Nationwide (Busch) Series circuit. Right now, he is a in-booth commentator with ESPN on their NASCAR coverage.
“I’ve always felt like it was an honor and a privilege to drive for NASCAR, and this sport has been such a huge part of the Jarrett life,” Dale said. “Now to be part of something that my father is a part of, it just means the world to me.”
Ironically, according to the article posted by his employers earlier this afternoon, Dale Jarrett was headed to Zach’s graduation party when he heard the news. And, not surprisingly, in today’s technologically advanced world, Zach found out the news–where else?–on Twitter.
Congrats to Dale on this accomplishment, and we’ll probably be seeing him occasionally at The Hayes next year as his busy schedule allows.