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Ned JarretT | Class of 2011

April 10, 2013, NASCAR.com

Ned JarretT  | Class of 2011
NASCAR Hall of Fame member

Ned Jarrett had it all -- hard-charging capabilities combined with the consistency essential to stock-car success. The combination produced two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championships. His 50 career victories are tied for 10th all-time with Junior Johnson. He also won a total of 28 races during the 1964 and ’65 seasons.

(b. 10-12-32)

Hometown: Newton, N.C.

Competed: 1953-66

Starts: 353

Wins: 50

Poles: 35

Jarrett won his first series title in 1961 while driving a Chevrolet for W.G. Holloway Jr. He finished with only one victory, but posted an impressive 34 top-10s in 46 starts. In 1965, he won his second title while driving for DuPont heir Bondy Long, and despite a back injury sustained at Greenville, S.C., Jarrett finished with 13 wins and 42 top-fives in 54 starts that season. He also won the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway by 14 laps, (17.5 miles), still the largest margin of victory in NASCAR Sprint Cup history. 

In addition to his immense success in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Jarrett also captured two championships in the Sportsman Division (1957 and 1958).

Nicknamed “Gentleman Ned,” Jarrett and his wife, Martha, reside in Hickory, N.C. Their family includes son Dale, who won the 1999 NASCAR Sprint Cup title. Since retiring, the elder Jarrett has become one of NASCAR’s greatest ambassadors. He’s also considered instrumental to the sport’s growth through his second career as a broadcaster. Now retired from broadcasting, he is especially remembered for the emotional call of his son Dale’s 1993 Daytona 500 victory.

Jarrett was named one of NASCAR’s “50 Greatest Drivers” in 1998.

 
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Statistics
Year Age Races Win Top 5 Top 10 Pole Laps Led AvSt AvFn RAF Miles LLF
1953 21 2 of 37 0 0 0 0 8 0 26.0 35.0 1 10.9 0
1954 22 2 of 37 0 0 0 0 273 0   19.5 1 129.0 0
1955 23 3 of 45 0 0 0 0 403 0 31.7 30.7 1 488.4 0
1956 24 2 of 56 0 0 0 0 244 0 16.0 16.5 1 135.4 0
1957 25 1 of 53 0 0 0 0 7 0 19.0 19.0 0 3.5 0
1959 27 17 of 44 2 4 7 0 2929 2 12.9 14.0 9 1513.1 4
1960 28 40 of 44 5 20 26 5 7399 382 8.9 9.9 28 5609.7 8
1961 29 46 of 52 1 23 34 4 9813 606 8.3 7.6 35 7476.8 6
1962 30 52 of 53 6 19 35 4 11296 866 9.3 9.3 38 7435.3 8
1963 31 53 of 55 8 32 39 4 11845 1897 7.0 8.6 42 8274.7 16
1964 32 60 of 62 15 40 45 9 13325 3304 5.9 7.3 37 9023.2 19
1965 33 54 of 55 13 42 45 9 13527 2244 4.5 4.9 45 9367.5 23
1966 34 21 of 49 0 5 8 0 4584 167 11.6 16.9 8 4363.4 2
13 years   353 50 185 239 35 75653 9468 12.4 15.3 246 53830.9 86
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