Ned bought half interest in a race car in April 1952. A month later, Hickory Speedway in Hickory, N.C. opened and Ned was a race driver. The car was a 1939 Ford Coupe, and Ned finished 10th in his first race. Ned then quit racing for a few months because his father didn't approve. He started back but raced using his brother in law’s name. When Ned won his first race, his father found out. He told his son to go racing if he wanted to, but to use his own name. Ned didn't become a full-time racer until 1960.
Ned won the NASCAR Sportsman championship in 1957 and 1958. Today, that circuit is the Busch Grand National Series. In 1959 Ned wrote a $2000 check after the bank closed, to buy a 1957 Ford Grand National car. To cover the check, he had to win races at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and the Charlotte Fairgrounds. Ned went on to win the (Winston Cup) National Series championship in 1961 and again in 1965.
Ned counts the 1965 Southern 500 as one of his biggest accomplishments. When he won it, he was 14 laps ahead of the second place finisher. That's still a record today!
Ned retired from racing in October 1966 when he was just 34 years old. "I didn't retire because I was over the hill, "Ned said, "I had reached my goals. I'm still the only driver to retire as (National Series) champion."
Ned Jarrett has been elected to eight different Hall of Fames:
Jason scored his first ARCA RE/MAX Series victory in 2001. In addition to the victory, Jarrett accumulated an impressive eight top-five and 15 top-10 finishes along with a pole award during the 2001 campaign. The 26-year-old's consistency propelled him to a second-place finish in the final 2001 ARCA RE/MAX Series point standings, as well as being honored as Rookie-of-the-Year. In 2002, Jason finished 3rd in the ARCA points race with 8 top-five and 14 top-ten finishes in 22 starts.
His career was launched in the World Karting Association (WKA), where in 1993 he claimed the WKA's Sprint Division Championship of the Carolina's Cub at North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham, N.C. The following year he began to compete in the Limited Sportsman Division and scored one victory and one pole award, along with earning Rookie-of-the-Year honors. In 1995, he made his next assault, competing in the Winston Racing Series Late Model Stock Division.
On March 29, 1997, Jarrett took the next step toward a career in the "family business", making his NASCAR Busch Series debut at Hickory Motor Speedway. Ironically, Jarrett's father, grandfather and uncle (television commentator Glenn Jarrett) all made their first career NASCAR Busch Series starts at the legendary bullring. Between 1997 and 2000, Jarrett has competed in over 40 NASCAR Busch Series events.
Before she became a full-time Mom, Patti also worked in racing, representing a big sponser. She is now married to Jimmy Makar, the crew chief for the Joe Gibbs Racing National Series team. The driver is Bobby Labonte.
A former racecar driver, Glenn is now a commentator for NASCAR races.