Jason Jarrett (racing driver)
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October 14, 1975 |
Conover, North Carolina
|Awards||2001 ARCA Racing Series Rookie of the Year
2003 Bill France Triple Crown Award
|NASCAR Sprint 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)|
|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)|
Jason Jarrett (born October 14, 1975) is an American mechanic and spotter for Richard Childress 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Between 1997 and 2000, Jarrett competed in over 40 NASCAR Busch Series events as follows; 1997, three starts for DAJ Racing, 1998 eleven starts for this same team, 1999, nine events for BACE Motorsports; 2000, nineteen starts for Jarrett/Favre Motorsports.
In 2001, Jarrett began his ARCA RE/MAX Series career, with second-place finish in the final ARCA RE/MAX Series point standings and Rookie-of-the-Year honors. 2002 he was 3rd, and 2003 2nd again as well as earning the Bill France Triple Crown Award.
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 and Elliott Sadler, who would have his violent tumble late in the race that would forever be remembered. He mainly stayed out of trouble and finished the race in 29th despite being 4 laps down. He made one other start in the series at Pocono in the summer of 2004 driving the #02 for Hermie Sadler's team, falling out after 40 laps due to a handling issue to a 40th place result. His only other attempt in the series at Bristol in March driving for Morgan Shepherd resulted in a DNQ.
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.
He now resides in Hickory, North Carolina, and is married to Christina. Their first child, Ford, was born November 14, 2008.
- 1993 World Karting Association Sprint Division Champion
- 1994 Hickory Motor Speedway Limited Sportsman Division Rookie of the Year
- 2001 ARCA Re/MAX Rookie of the Year
- 2001 ARCA Re/MAX 2nd in points
- 2002 ARCA Re/MAX 3rd in points
- 2003 ARCA Re/MAX 2nd in points
- 2003 Bill France Triple Crown Award
Motorsports career results
(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)
Nextel Cup Series
|NASCAR Nextel Cup Series results|
|2005||Shepherd Racing Ventures||89||Dodge||DAY||CAL||LVS||ATL||BRI
Craftsman Truck Series
|NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series results|
- Spencer, Lee (August 31, 2013). "Dillon gets Harvick's spotter in '14". Fox Sports. Retrieved 2013-09-01.