Jarrett Captures TranSouth Financial 400 at Darlington DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Dale Jarrett captured the TranSouth Financial 400 NASCAR Winston Cup Series event at historic Darlington Raceway Sunday beating Jeff Gordon and Jeff Burton to the...
Jarrett Captures TranSouth Financial 400 at Darlington
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Dale Jarrett captured the TranSouth Financial 400 NASCAR Winston Cup Series event at historic Darlington Raceway Sunday beating Jeff Gordon and Jeff Burton to the finish line after a thrilling three-car scramble over the closing laps.
For Jarrett, it was his first NASCAR Winston Cup Series win of the season and his second consecutive victory in Darlington's spring event. The race came down to a shootout among a tight pack of three cars. Burton, who led a race-leading 195 laps on the day, survived multiple challenges from Jarrett and Gordon before experiencing handling problems. With 18 laps remaining , Burton relinquished the lead to Jarrett with Gordon taking over second place. Jarrett held on to the lead over the remaining laps to win by a mere .228 seconds.
Darlington Raceway, commonly referred to as the track "Too Tough To Tame," was usually tame as NASCAR's original superspeedway was the scene of only five cautions for 31 laps. The fifth and final caution of the day, which was brought out by a spinning Randy LaJoie, set up the 39 -lap duel to the finish.
"It's such a great feeling to win at a racetrack like Darlington, it's such a tough place." said Jarrett. "It got exciting there at the end with (Jeff) Gordon. I thought we might have used up to much of our race car getting around (Jeff) Burton. He was awful strong and I didn't know if we had anything for him.
"We finally got around Burton, then at the end I was using up a lot of the racetrack trying to keep Gordon behind me. I felt that was my right since I was the race leader. He got up to my corner panel, but Jeff being the professional that he is, he raced me clean when he could have turned me around."
Runnerup Gordon, who was searching for his second victory the season, mounted a final last corner attempt at the lead, but fell just short.
"That was a lot of fun," said Gordon. "We were racing for the win, I have to take my hat off to Dale Jarrett, he drove a great race and he had a real strong race car. I think we showed today what kind of team we have, I don't know if we've been showing that much lately. It's nice to get back where we belong battling for the win."
Jarrett, who averaged 127.962 mph in victory, won $110,035.