Sunday, March 16, 2008

Good Luck D.J. !

Dale Jarrett the 1999 series champion will make his 668th and final start today at Bristol.

Career Stats
3 Daytona 500 victories for Dale Jarrett, third most by any driver along with Bobby Allison and Jeff Gordon. Richard Petty has seven Daytona 500 wins, followed by Cale Yarborough's four. Jarrett won in 1993, 1996 and 2000.
6.8 Average finish for Dale Jarrett during the 1999 season when he won the Cup Series championship.
7 Victories for Dale Jarrett during the 1997 season. He won consecutive races at Atlanta and Darlington, then collected wins at Pocono, Bristol, Richmond, Charlotte and Phoenix. He finished second in the championship by 14 points to Jeff Gordon.
8 Times that Dale Jarrett has finished the season ranked in the top 10 in points, seven of which he finished inside the top five. He won the 1999 Cup championship by 201 points over Bobby Labonte.
32 Career victories for Dale Jarrett, ranking him 20th on the all-time list.
43 Career starts for Dale Jarrett at Bristol, more than any other track in his career. He has one victory (fall 1997), nine top-fives and 19 top-10s at the half-mile. His average finish is 17.1.
667 Career starts in the Cup Series for Dale Jarrett. He made his first career start on April 29, 1984, at Martinsville Speedway, where he finished 14th in the No. 02 Chevrolet.
Aug. 18, 1991 Date that Dale Jarrett recorded his first Cup victory, winning the Champion Spark Plug 400 at Michigan while driving the No. 21 Ford for the Wood Brothers. He beat Davey Allison to the checkered flag by an estimated 10 inches.
Oct. 2, 2005 Date that Dale Jarrett won his last Cup race, the UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega while driving the No. 88 Ford for Robert Yates Racing. Jarrett led two laps, winning the race under caution over Tony Stewart.

"This week has been a lot more different than what I've thought all season," said Jarrett, who will start 37th in the Food City 500. "I've always been able to say, 'I've got a few more weeks,' or, 'I've got a couple of months before that comes.' It was easy to say at that time, but we're here. This is it this week. I've found myself thinking about a lot of the things that have happened over the last 20 years. It's been fun thinking about it, but kind of difficult to see now that it's coming to an end. It's been great. I've had a wonderful time."