NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Pit Note # 9
Former two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Ned Jarrett is on hand for his son Dale's final start this evening. He will deliver the invocation before the All-Star Challenge. He reflected on his son's retirement.
"Well, we have mixed feelings about it," said Ned. "But, I think there are more happy moments than sad moments. We'll miss seeing him on the race track. But, at the same time, I think it's time for him to hang it up. He has had a great career. He has nothing to prove on the race track anymore. I'm happy to see him going into broadcasting and following in my footsteps into another career. And that will help to make it easier for him and for the family as well. Now, I can't come close to beating him on the golf course. He is too good for me. It does mean a lot to get to spend more time with him and the whole family. He and (brother) Glenn play a lot of golf together and have for years, whenever Dale was able to play golf because of his schedule. He and I don't play a lot together, but we see each other a lot, which is a good thing. It will be nice to have him around more with the family and sporting events where his kids are involved, whether it's basketball or baseball or soccer or whatever it is."
Doug Yates Wants to Win - In 1992, Robert Yates Racing won the Sprint All-Star Race with Davey Allison in the no. 28 Texaco Ford. He's finished twice with Dale Jarrett in the no. 88 Ford. Now, Doug Yates, who has taken over the two-car operation with help from Roush Fenway Racing, says he is ready to win again. When Allison won that '92 race, he crashed at the end and had to go to the hospital, missing victory lane in the first All-Star Race under the lights. Both of his drivers, Travis Kvapil (no. 28) and David Gilliland (no. 38) are in tonight's Sprint Showdown, a preliminary to the All-Star Race. "I know how it feels to win the All-Star Race and I'd sure like to win it again for my father. I miss that man something awful at the race track. That's why in a few minutes here I'm getting all my guys together and I'm telling them not to bring back anything but the steering wheel. Maybe we can get into the All-Star Race."
Fred Lorenzen Ailing - According to some friends and close associates of former NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Fred Lorenzen of Elmhurst, Ill., he fell at his home about a month ago and hit his head. He complained of dizziness, but wouldn't go to a doctor for several days. When his daughter convinced him to go the doctor, he received an MRI scan, and water was found on his brain. After draining the fluid, doctors say Lorenzen now is sharper and more alert than he has ever been.