Jason Jarrett (racing driver)

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Jason Jarrett
Born (1975-10-14) October 14, 1975 (age 41)
Conover, North Carolina
Awards 2001 ARCA Racing Series Rookie of the Year
2003 Bill France Triple Crown Award
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
2 races run over 2 years
Best finish 67th (2003)
First race 2003 EA Sports 500 (Talladega)
Last race 2004 Pennsylvania 500 (Pocono)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
40 races run over 4 years
Best finish 39th (2000)
First race 1997 Galaxy Foods 300 (Hickory)
Last race 2000 Miami 300 (Homestead)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0

Jason Jarrett (born October 14, 1975) is an American race car spotter for Richard Childress Racing, Kaulig Racing, NEMCO Motorsports, and Bobby Gerhart Racing. A former driver in the NASCAR Busch Series and ARCA Racing Series, he has not driven in competition since 2005. He is the son of 1999 NASCAR Winston Cup Series champion Dale Jarrett and the grandson of two-time champion Ned Jarrett.

Career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Jarrett's racing career was launched in the World Karting Association (WKA), where in 1993 he claimed the WKA's Sprint Division Championship of the Carolina's Cup at North Carolina Speedway located in Rockingham, North Carolina.[1]

1994 saw Jarrett return to a track that had provided early success for both his father and grandfather - Hickory Motor Speedway. While competing in the Limited Sportsman Division, he scored one victory and one pole, along with earning Rookie-of-the-Year honors. In 1995, Jarrett moved into the Winston Racing Series Late Model Stock Division, where he spent the next three seasons honing his skills at the famed oval.[2]

The 1997 season proved extremely busy for Jarrett, as he competed in a total of 46 late model events between Hickory Motor Speedway and Tri-County Speedway located in Hudson, North Carolina.

ARCA Racing Series[edit]

In 2001, Jarrett began his ARCA RE/MAX Series career, with second-place finish in the final ARCA RE/MAX Series point standings[3] and Rookie-of-the-Year honors. In 2002 he was 3rd in points[4], and in 2003 he was 2nd again in points[5] as well as earning the Bill France Triple Crown Award. Jarrett won the penultimate race of the 2003 season[6] but finished fifth in points while also competing in the Winston Cup Series. Switching to Venturini Motorsports for the 2005 season, Jarrett did not live up to expectations and was released mid-season, and promptly went on a streak of four DNF's in his first four races for new owner Wayne Hixson.[7]

Craftsman Truck Series[edit]

1996 saw Jarrett attempt to make his NASCAR debut driving in the Craftsman Truck series event at North Wilksboro for Bob Crocker, but his lone attempt in the series resulted in a DNQ.[8]

NASCAR Busch Grand National Series[edit]

In 1997, Jarrett moved up to the NASCAR Busch Grand National Series, driving three races for DAJ Racing and failing to qualify for two others.[9] For 1998, Jarrett ran another partial schedule, piloting the No. 32 Carquest car for eleven races and failing to qualify for another. He recorded a best finish of 17th at Richmond International Raceway.[10] Jarrett joined BACE Motorsports in 1999, attempting ten races and qualifying for eight of them. He also ran one race for Jarrett/Favre Motorsports, a collaboration between his father and NFL star Brett Favre.[11] However, Jason broke his foot at Memphis Motorsports Park in October and did not drive the rest of the season.[1] He also suffered a concussion at Auto Club Speedway earlier in the season and had to be replaced by Johnny Benson Jr.[12] Running full-time in 2000, Jarrett struggled, failing to qualify for eleven races and posting a best finish of 17th.[13] He was also replaced by Hut Stricklin for a race at Pocono Raceway.[14] Jarrett has not competed in the series since.

Winston Cup Series[edit]

After 3 years away from the sport competing in ARCA, Jarrett returned to NASCAR in 2003 and made his Winston Cup series debut in the EA Sports 500 that October at Talladega, driving a third car for Robert Yates in the #98, alongside his father Dale[15] and Elliott Sadler, who famously barrel rolled late in the race. He mainly stayed out of trouble and finished the race in 29th despite being 4 laps down.[16] He made one other start in the series at Pocono in the summer of 2004 driving the #02 for Hermie Sadler's team, SCORE Motorsports, falling out after 40 laps due to a handling issue to a 40th-place result.[17] His only other attempt in the series at Bristol in March driving for Morgan Shepherd resulted in a withdrawal.[18]

Post-driving career[edit]

After the 2005 season he retired from racing. Starting in 2007, Jarrett worked for his father's company, Dale Jarrett Incorporated, as a project manager. In 2010, he joined Germain Racing as a spotter for drivers Casey Mears and Max Papis in the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series. Three years later, he left the organization to join Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) as the spotter for driver Ryan Newman in the Sprint Cup Series, and followed Newman in 2014 to Richard Childress Racing in the same role.[19] Jarrett currently spots in all three NASCAR national series, for Newman in Cup, Blake Koch in the Xfinity Series, and John Hunter Nemechek in the Camping World Truck Series.[20]

Personal life[edit]

He now resides in Hickory, North Carolina, and is married to Christina. Their first child, Ford, was born November 14, 2008.

Career highlights[edit]

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Nextel Cup Series[edit]

Craftsman Truck Series[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "BUSCH: Jason Jarrett; The man behind the name". Motorsport.com. Retrieved 2017-01-03. 
  2. ^ "BUSCH: Jason Jarrett; The man behind the name". Motorsport.com. Retrieved 2016-12-15. 
  3. ^ "Jason Jarrett 2001 ARCA Re/Max Series Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2017-01-05. 
  4. ^ "Jason Jarrett 2002 ARCA Re/Max Series Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2017-01-05. 
  5. ^ "Jason Jarrett 2003 ARCA Re/Max Series Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2017-01-05. 
  6. ^ "Jason Jarrett 2004 ARCA Re/Max Series Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2017-01-06. 
  7. ^ "Jason Jarrett 2005 ARCA Re/Max Series Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2017-01-06. 
  8. ^ "Jason Jarrett 1996 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2016-12-15. 
  9. ^ "Jason Jarrett 1997 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2017-01-03. 
  10. ^ "Jason Jarrett 1998 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2017-01-03. 
  11. ^ "Jason Jarrett 1999 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2017-01-03. 
  12. ^ "BUSCH: Jonny Benson To Replace Jason Jarrett in New Hamphsire". Motorsport.com. Retrieved 2017-01-03. 
  13. ^ "Jason Jarrett 2000 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2017-01-03. 
  14. ^ "Brett Favre's NASCAR Xfinity Series races - Racing-Reference.info". www.racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2017-01-03. 
  15. ^ "A Family Affair - MRN.com". origin.mrn.com. Retrieved 2017-01-05. 
  16. ^ "Jason Jarrett 2003 NASCAR Winston Cup Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2017-01-05. 
  17. ^ "Jason Jarrett 2004 NASCAR Nextel Cup Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2017-01-05. 
  18. ^ "Jason Jarrett 2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2017-01-05. 
  19. ^ Spencer, Lee (August 31, 2013). "Dillon gets Harvick's spotter in '14". Fox Sports. Retrieved 2013-09-01. 
  20. ^ "Third-generation racer Jarrett at home on the spotter stand". ARCA Racing. Retrieved 2017-01-06. 

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