Jarrett prepares for final Daytona 500

Feb. 15, 2008 at 2:47 PM
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Veteran NASCAR driver Dale Jarrett competes in the Daytona 500 Sunday for the final time in his career.

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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