Like Father, Like Son For Jarrett Family
CONCORD, N.C. — Racing has always brought fathers and sons closer together.
For so many fathers and sons, racing serves as a common interest or a shared hobby. Fathers will show their sons how to work on engines or teach them how to race. It has been going on for generations and continues to happen every weekend at short tracks around the country.
Ned and Dale Jarrett are a perfect example.
Ned Jarrett is a two-time champion in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, earning 50 victories and claiming championships in 1961 and 1965. Dale Jarrett followed in his father’s footsteps, netting 32 victories and the 1999 series championship.
They are the only living father-and-son members of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, an honor they both take seriously.
“You don’t ever know how you might repay your parents for things they did for you as you were growing up,” Dale Jarrett said. “But certainly that night back in January of this year when I had the opportunity to be inducted (and) to look down in the audience and see my dad there and knowing that this was that we would have something forever together — being a part of the NASCAR Hall of Fame — is something pretty special.”
There are many stories about the relationship between Ned and Dale Jarrett, but the one that has always been Ned Jarrett’s favorite is when he called Dale Jarrett’s first victory in the Daytona 500 in 1993 from the CBS announcer’s booth.
“What most people talk about as we travel around the country is the 1993 Daytona 500,” Ned Jarrett said. “The producer turned it over to me on that last lap and said ‘Call your son home and be a dad.’”