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Published on March 20th, 2008 | by Ron Ripple


Tribute to Dale Jarrett

Dale JarrettDale Jarrett didn’t end his career with a bang… but he sure did have one of the best racing career’s a driver could ask for.  Dale Jarrett is probably one of the most well known NASCAR drivers in the history of NASCAR.  He had over 657 starts with 32 wins, 163 top fives, and 260 top tens… you tell me that’s not a career.  I think Dale Jarrett was not only  a great racer but was also a great promotor.  Ask anyone who drove the UPS car and I can guarantee you they would know.  The only thing I want to know is when is he going to race the truck?

I think very highly of Dale Jarrett.  Whenever there’s been an issue he was involved in he always took the high road.  As much as I love controversy and of course talking about it, I always respected Dale for staying out of it.  The best part about Dale’s decision to retire is that he won’t be going far.  He’s moving from the cockpit of a NASCAR to a seat in the TV booth.  The only thing I can hope for is that he doesn’t come up with a queer saying like “boogity boogity boogity.”

 Dale Jarrett has led an incredible career with over 32 wins in a 24 year span.  Every driver I’ve spoken to over the past few days has said nothing but positive things about him.  Some have even said he’s one of the most respected racers in the garage, and I couldn’t agree with them more.   To me Dale Jarrett is an icon!  The only thing I could have hoped for was a better finish to his career.  But I guess it just goes to show you that the competition is tough, and the young guns are fighting their way to the top.  He will be missed.. I look forward to listening to Dale in the Announcer’s booth.

For this post I want to hear your comments.  Help give him a tribute and tell me what your favorite memory of him is. 

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I'm Ron Ripple, Featured in Forbes Magazine as NASCAR's Biggest Fan, I'm 3 time Junior Mr Olympia. When I'm not drinking beer and watching NASCAR, you can find me in the local gym doing squats. Let's go racing!

7 Responses to Tribute to Dale Jarrett

  1. Alan P. says:

    #88 was my all time favorite for a very long time. He slowly took the back seat over the last few years and I look forward to hearing him up in the booth

  2. I agree with you Ron, DJ is an icon and a racing legend. A very humble driver that probably didn’t get all the attention that he deserved. I have the upmost respect for Dale Jarrett. You know, one Dale’s racing career ended at Bristol Motor Speedway, while another Dale’s career will be just starting there. March 29/30 will be the first race ever for the Legends cars. Dale Dodge Jr will be racing there. To see more on this up-coming racer, visit


    Thank you for your interest, Dale Dodge Jr

  3. Angie Hurst says:

    DJ was my first NASCAR love! I picked him before he was sponsored by UPS, but my hubby works for UPS so when they came on-board it was a match made in heaven!
    I’ve gotten my photo with him, and one morning a few years back, when he came to UPS my hubby got in line to get him to sign something and called me on his cell and had DJ say good morning to me! That was great!!
    I also was at the Bristol race last weekend for his last regular race.
    Now…. I’m struggling with finding a new driver. I’m dating a few potentials, but I just not as love-struck with anyone else yet!

  4. What an exciting time I had at Bristol!
    Saturday I started the first heat race 4th, finished 4th. Started the second heat race 8th, finished 3rd. That put me in the field for the A Main. Out of the 38 drivers they started 24 in the A Main Feature. I started 16th and finished the 20 lap event in 11th.
    We made a gear change for Sunday. Three rounds of practice and I was the 7th fastest car. We made another gear change and the stop watch had me in the top 3. I went out to qualify and the car would not turn. I qualified 20th. We knew something was wrong and after looking it over, found a broken steering bracket. We fixed the problem but I was way back in the field to start the event. The race was 40 laps or 20 minutes. I ended Sunday’s race in 10th place.
    Brought home a top 10 from Bristol. The cars in one piece. It was a good weekend.
    Thanks for your interest, Dale Dodge Jr

  5. Chris Cobb says:

    He is my favorite. He slowly took the back seat over the last few years and I look forward to hearing him up in the booth

  6. Great Post, Really i like your context…

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