Jarrett set for his final NASCAR races

March 14, 2008 at 3:38 PM

BRISTOL, Tenn., March 14 (UPI) -- Veteran NASCAR diver Dale Jarrett runs the next-to-last points race in his career Sunday at the Food City 500 at the Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway.

Over his 26-year career, the Hickory, N.C., native has compiled 16 poles, 32 victories, 163 top fives and 260 Top-10 finishes and Sunday's race will be his 668th start.

His career earnings total more than $48 million.

"It feels very good about this being my time to walk away from the sport (as a driver)," the three-time Daytona 500 (1993, 1995, 2000) winner said recently. "It's going to be somewhat emotional because it's going to be close to my home and I am going to be able to have a lot of family and friends around."

Jarrett, 51, is following his father, Ned, into the announcer's booth when he joins the ESPN/ABC broadcast team later this year.

He plans to drive in an All-Star race in Concord, N.C., in May.

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