Retired Two-Time NASCAR Champion
Ned Jarrett Speaker Profile
Retired race car driver and two-time NASCAR champion, Ned Jarrett was born October 12, 1932 in Newton, North Carolina. Jarrett was best known for his calm demeanor, and he became known as "Gentleman Ned Jarrett". Yet he was an intense competitor when he put his two hands on the steering wheel of a NASCAR Grand National stock car. He is the father of Dale Jarrett.
In the early 1960s, Ned began a radio program on the local radio station in Newton, NC (WNNC). His taped show was replayed and locally sponsored, in part by the owner of the Station, Earl Holder, who gave Ned both a taping facility and recording studio time for a moderate rate to fill in local programming. It is believed by some that this radio station, WNNC, where Dr. Jerry Punch also began his career on the local high school radio staff in 1965, was probably the beginning of the radio career of Ned Jarrett. Jarrett would sometimes record more than one radio show at a time in order to facilitate the distance required to compete in what was then the "Grand National" circuit of Nascar.
Later, in 1978, Jarrett became a radio broadcaster on MRN Radio. He interviewed United States President Ronald Reagan live at the 1984 Firecracker 400 at Daytona, the race famous as Richard Petty's 200th win. He currently hosts a daily radio program about racing on MRN Radio called "Ned Jarrett's World of Racing".
Jarrett also has been a television broadcaster on The Nashville Network, CBS, ESPN, and Fox Sports Network. He called several of NASCAR's more memorable television moments. Ned called his son Dale's first victory (in his 129th race) in the 1991 Champion 400 at the Michigan International Speedway. Dale banged Davey Allison's fender at the finish line in what was then the closest finish in NASCAR history. Another famous moment was when he called Dale's victory at the 1993 Daytona 500, openly siding with his son on the last lap and coaching him home to victory over Dale Earnhardt. Embarrassed by his loss of objectivity, he tried to apologize to Earnhardt after the race, but Earnhardt merely smiled and said, "I'm a father, too."
On May 26, 2007 Ned returned to the booth to call the Carquest 300 Busch race alongside Andy Petree, Jerry Punch, and his son, 1999 Cup Champ, Dale Jarrett.
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