Michigan: Dale Jarrett - NASCAR spotlight

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 10, 2003) -- Dale Jarrett will be a winner this weekend. That's a guarantee, and one independent from what happens on the race track, in Sunday's Sirius 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Jarrett (No. 88 UPS Ford)...

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 10, 2003) -- Dale Jarrett will be a winner this weekend. That's a guarantee, and one independent from what happens on the race track, in Sunday's Sirius 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

Jarrett (No. 88 UPS Ford) comes in as the race's defending champion. Prior to green flag Sunday, Jarrett will be honored as a recipient of a 2003 Fatherhood Award by an organization known as the National Fatherhood Initiative. Involved in the presentation will be Jarrett's children, including his son Jason, who will also race this weekend at MIS, in the Saturday ARCA event.

Each year, the Fatherhood Awards are presented to individuals, corporations and organizations that make a substantial contribution to strengthening involved, responsible and committed fatherhood in their work or personal lives. In addition to Jarrett, other 2003 Fatherhood Award winners include actor James Earl Jones; past recipients include actor Tom Selleck, country music singer Tim McGraw, and NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly. The National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI) was founded in 1994 to lead a society-wide movement to confront the problem of father absence.

All in all, a fine Father's Day is on tap for the former (1999) NASCAR Winston Cup champion. And be assured that his day will include a call back home to North Carolina to his father, Ned Jarrett, also a former (1961, '65) series titlist.

Is there any more memorable father-son, NASCAR-related story than the one involving Dale's 1993 victory in the Daytona 500? Ned Jarrett was doing television commentary at the time, and the decision was made to turn the broadcast over to him during the closing laps. It was an emotional down-the-stretch call, to say the least, further -- and forever -- endearing the Jarretts to fans watching that day.

"One of the hard things about this job is making the time to spend time with my family," Dale said. "I always tell people that [my wife] Kelley has the harder job between me and her because she has to try and keep up with the kids' schedules."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Jarrett , Ned Jarrett