February 17, 2000 |
Dale Earnhardt's remarkable record of winning 10 consecutive Gatorade Twin 125-mile qualifying heats for the Daytona 500 will come under a serious Ford attack today. In the first of two heats, Earnhardt's Chevrolet Monte Carlo will start ninth with six Fords among the eight cars ahead of him, headed by pole-sitter Dale Jarrett. Jarrett, defending Winston Cup champion, has dominated Speed Weeks so far, winning the Daytona 500 pole with a 191.
February 13, 2000 |
Dale Jarrett will be on the pole for next Sunday's Daytona 500, but today he is nothing more than a contender in a qualifying race to make the field for the Bud Shootout at Daytona International Speedway. Fourteen drivers, all of whom earned at least one pole in the 1999 Winston Cup season, will race 25 laps for $570,000 in the Shootout. Twelve others--including Jarrett--will race in an earlier 25-lap qualifier, known around the garages as the Hooligan Race.
December 1, 1999 |
Driving 500 miles around an oval track at 200 mph may not be as dizzying as what Dale Jarrett is undergoing this week in New York. The new NASCAR Winston Cup champion is being feted, wined and dined by NASCAR, the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and other assorted racing institutions for an entire week--dinner parties every night, Broadway plays, a Knick basketball game, Regis and Kathie Lee in the morning, Letterman at night, toy stores in the afternoon for the Jarrett youngsters.
November 15, 1999 |
It was merely a formality, but that didn't make it any less sweet for Dale Jarrett. On a day when rookie Tony Stewart won his second consecutive race, Jarrett finished fifth in the Pennzoil 400 at Homestead, Fla., locking up his first Winston Cup on Sunday. "Fantastic!" Jarrett yelled after emerging from his No. 88 Ford. "I've just got to thank God for the talent on this race team and putting me here with such great people."
November 5, 1999 |
Dale Jarrett can't clinch the Winston Cup championship this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway, but with a 246-point lead over Bobby Labonte he can come close to it. If Jarrett finishes 19th or better in each of three remaining races--Phoenix, Homestead, Fla., and Atlanta--he will win the $2-million prize even if Labonte wins all three.
September 19, 1999 |
Richmond International Raceway was very good to Dale Jarrett this season. The Winston Cup points leader first moved to the top of the standings at Richmond in June. After a two-race slide that cut a 314-point lead to 168, Jarrett's third-place finish last Saturday night rebuilt his advantage to 270 over runner-up Mark Martin, who finished 35th because of engine failure.
August 8, 1999 |
Dale Jarrett gave his fellow Winston Cup drivers and 350,000 spectators a lesson in the art of domination Saturday. The 42-year-old son of two-time stock car champion Ned Jarrett led 117 of 160 laps--including the last 43--to score a remarkably easy victory in the sixth Brickyard 400 on a warm, muggy day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. From the time he passed Mark Martin for the lead on Lap 40, the only time his No.
August 6, 1999 |
Only an incurable optimist could find something positive in a million-dollar mistake. Meet Dale Jarrett. Jarrett had the field covered in the Brickyard 400 last year when his Ford Taurus ran out of fuel. A miscalculation by the crew prevented the 42-year-old second-generation Winston Cup driver from not only winning the prestigious race, but from collecting a $1-million bonus. So what is Jarrett's approach to this year's sixth Brickyard 400 Saturday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway?
July 18, 1999 |
If Dale Jarrett has anything to do with it, this will finally be Ford's year. Jarrett, who drives a Taurus for Robert Yates Racing, leads the Winston Cup series by 240 points over fellow Ford driver Jeff Burton and appears ready to finally break through with his first title. That would give the Dearborn, Mich., company only its third championship in NASCAR's modern era--dating from 1972.