Born: October 12, 1932
Home: Newton, NC
2011 NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductee
Soft spoken away from the track, Ned Jarrett was a fierce competitor once he slid behind the wheel of his racecar. As a young man Jarrett entered more than 200 Sportsman events while winning State Championships in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Virginia. (Competitors were required to race in 85 to 90 events per year to win National Titles)
With 50 Grand National wins and Championships in 1961 and 1965 Jarrett cemented his place in NASCAR history, eventually being named one of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers in 1998. Once his racing career ended following the 1966 season (Jarrett is still the only driver to retire while still Champion) he moved seamlessly into a position as a pit reporter for Universal Racing Network, then with the premier NASCAR radio network, MRN ( Motor Racing Network) and later as television analyst at CBS Sports and TNN. Jarrett is believed to be the first former driver to become a radio and television analyst, something that is commonplace today.
Jarrett played a role in the formation of the NASCAR/Busch Series in 1982, and as a 12 year coordinator and “at track” representative for Anheuser-Busch, he was a major influence on Busch Beer becoming the Series sponsor. Ned has been elected to 13 different Hall of Fames, including the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, The NMPA Hall of Fame, and the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. In 2011 Jarrett will be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.