In the 50th anniversary of the "Super Bowl" of auto racing, Jarrett starts in the 20th position among 43 participants.
"Certainly I wanted to be part of the 50th Daytona 500, and now we'll tune up a little more and see what we can do Sunday," the UPS-sponsored Jarrett told the Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal after he qualified for Daytona by finishing ninth in the second of the two Gatorade 150-mile Duel races Thursday.
The three-time "500" winner is retiring after the Sprint Cup's first five races this season.
Jarrett also will drive at the Auto Club 500 in Fontana, Calif., Feb. 24; the UAW Dodge 400 at Las Vegas March 2; the Kobalt Tools 500 in Hampton, Ga., March 9; and the Food City 500 in Bristol, Tenn., March 16.
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