Jason Jarrett tests at Daytona

Jason Jarrett Looking To Make His Own Mark On Daytona During ARCA Test Session DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Dec. 14, 2001) -- The Jarrett family has a rich racing tradition at Daytona International Speedway. Jason Jarrett. Photo: dis ...

Jason Jarrett Looking To Make His Own Mark On Daytona During ARCA Test Session

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Dec. 14, 2001) -- The Jarrett family has a rich racing tradition at Daytona International Speedway.


Jason Jarrett. Photo: dis

Two-time NASCAR champion Ned Jarrett competed at Daytona in the 1960s, posting six top-10 finishes in the Daytona 500, but never was able to pull the trigger on a victory. He was also winless in the Pepsi 400, but did finish in the top 10 three times.

While Ned never did win a Daytona 500 or a Pepsi 400, his son Dale Jarrett has found plenty of success at Daytona. He has three victories in"Great American Race" and a triumph in 1999 Pepsi 400.

Now, Dale Jarrett's son Jason would like to post his first victory at Daytona. He was among the throng of ARCA RE/MAX Series teams participating the first day of a three-day test session on Friday at the "World Center of Racing."

The 26-year-old Jarrett, who calls Hickory, N.C., home, was second fastest in his No. 67 ML Motorsports Pontiac as he prepares for the season-opening Discount Auto Parts 200 on Feb. 10. He posted a fast lap of 183.042 mph. Chase Montgomery was fastest with a lap of 183.076.

"It was just awesome winning at Kansas, I can't imagine what it would be like to win somewhere that dad has won," said Jarrett during Friday's lunch break. "That's my biggest thing right now. I did get a chance to race against him one time in 1998. Now, I'm starting to think about winning somewhere that he has won. Daytona would definitely be a cool place."

Jarrett has struggled to get his career going, but finally found his stride in 2001 driving for ML Motorsports in the ARCA RE/MAX Series. In 25 starts, he finished second in the championship standings with one victory (at Kansas Speedway), eight top-five finishes and 15 top-10 runs.

"I don't know if it was above our expectations, but it certainly met most of the goals that we set at the first of the year," Jarrett said.

Entering the 2002 ARCA RE/MAX Series season, Jarrett will be shooting for a championship. He knows it will be tough to catch defending champion Frank Kimmel, who won 10 races in 2001.

"That's pretty much the goal," Jarrett said. "I've signed a three-year deal with ML Motorsports and that's our main goal sometime in the next three years to win the ARCA championship."

In order to win that championship, Jarrett wants to get off to a good start in the season-opening Discount Auto Parts 200 on Feb. 10, the same day of the 23rd annual Budweiser Shootout.

Jarrett has plenty of experience at Daytona. He competed in the Busch Series season opener in 1999 and 2000, finishing 27th and 17th. In last year's Discount Auto Parts 200 ARCA RE/MAX Series race, Jarrett finished 21st.

"This place has kicked my butt over the past couple of years," Jarrett said. "It seems like I'm always a mid-pack car, even with ML Motorsports. I couldn't tell them what to do to make me any faster. We're going to figure it out. That's why we're here."

ARCA RE/MAX Series testing continues on Saturday and is free to the public with access to the Oldfield Grandstand through the lobby of DAYTONA USA.

Tickets for Speedweeks 2002 events can be purchased online at http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling the Speedway ticket office (386) 253-7223.

<pre> Top 10 ARCA RE/MAX Series Test Times 1. Chase Montgomery, 183.076 mph 2. Jason Jarrett, 183.042 3. Bobby Gerhart, 180.941 4. Casey Mears, 180.806 5. David Elliott, 180.697 6. Nate Monteith, 180.382 7. Wally Schweizer, 180.278 8. Mark Gibson, 179.935 9. John Metcalf, 179.917 10. Robby Benton, 179.781

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Series ARCA
Drivers Dale Jarrett , Casey Mears , Frank Kimmel , Chase Montgomery , Ned Jarrett , Bobby Gerhart , Jason Jarrett , Mark Gibson , John Metcalf , Robby Benton