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          NASCAR NEWS - Thursday, March 27, 2008
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Lowe's to honor Jarrett with All-Star ticket package
Driver recalls 1980 wreck at track that shattered his ankle
By Official Release

CONCORD, N.C. - Dale Jarrett will finally "race" the truck 
and Lowe's Motor Speedway is offering a special two-day 
ticket package for just $44 so fans can be on hand May 17 
when Jarrett's "Signed, Sealed, Delivered Tour" culminates 
at the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. 

Those are just two of several events and promotions that 
officials from UPS and Lowe's Motor Speedway announced 
Wednesday in preparation for the 1999 Cup champion's final 
career start. 

Jarrett unveiled the No. 44 UPS Toyota Camry he will drive 
in the Sprint All-Star Race which features a special paint 
scheme that pays tribute to several of the North Carolina 
native's career accomplishments. The unveiling marked the 
first time Jarrett viewed the metallic-gold design which 
unites the past with the present. The car displays design 
elements from both Jarrett's current No. 44 UPS Camry as 
well as the No. 88 Quality Care entry that he drove during 
the 1999 championship season. 

But, before Jarrett straps into the No. 44 UPS Toyota Camry 
for the final time, he'll do something fans have eagerly 
anticipated, he's going to "race" the truck. After Jarrett 
is introduced prior to the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, he 
will step into the UPS race truck from the UPS ad campaign 
and take one lucky fan for a ride around the 1.5-mile 
superspeedway. 

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In honor of Jarrett and in appreciation of the fans who 
have supported him, Lowe's Motor Speedway officials have 
created "DJ's Deal," a special Friday-Saturday (May 16-17) 
All-Star Weekend ticket package for only $44. 

Friday's ticket is good for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race 
qualifying session and the North Carolina Education Lottery 
200 Craftsman Truck Series race. The Saturday ticket is for 
the weekend's main event and Jarrett's finale, the NASCAR 
Sprint All-Star Race. 

Diehard Jarrett fans can add a special $99 Saturday 
hospitality package to their ticket order which includes 
food and drink in a UPS Racing-themed chalet prior to the 
event and a question-and-answer session with Jarrett. 

Lowe's Motor Speedway will kick off All-Star Week 
festivities by inducting Jarrett into the Lowe's Motor 
Speedway Court of Legends in front of Smith Tower on 
May 13, at which time the winner of the ride-along will 
be announced. The winner will be randomly selected from 
fans that have purchased tickets in the "DJ's Deal" section 
or have sent a postcard labeled "DJ's Ride-Along" to Lowe's 
Motor Speedway, P.O. Box 600, Concord, N.C. 28026. 
Contestants must include complete name, address, day/night 
phone numbers and e-mail address on each postcard entry. 

"This is obviously going to be a big weekend for me, my 
family and everyone at UPS," Jarrett said. "The opportunity 
for my last race to be at what I consider my home track is 
something I appreciate and look forward to. 

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With everything that is going on that night -- the ticket 
package, racing the truck and making my last start -- and 
the activities we have planned leading up to that race, I 
feel quite certain it will be an emotional night." 

It was at Lowe's Motor Speedway that Dale Jarrett's storied 
racing career was nearly ruined 28 years ago. Jarrett was 
a young driver trying to make it in 1980 when he got a spot 
in the field for a late-model sportsman race at the track 
an hour from his home in Hickory, N.C. 

With three laps to go, Gene Glover blew an engine and 
Jarrett rammed into the back of Glover's slowing car. 
The impact shattered Jarrett's ankle. He was able to climb 
out of the smoking car, but immediately collapsed to the 
ground. 

"When you get out of a car and you're on the ground and 
your foot is turned the wrong way, then you're not sure 
what's going to happen," he said. 

Despite the horrifying wreck, Jarrett had gotten a taste 
of racing. He was determined to return to this track again.

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"It showed me that day that it was something I wanted to do 
even more than I ever wanted to before," Jarrett said. "It 
was my first opportunity at a big racetrack and the show-
place of NASCAR racing. I knew that I wanted to come back 
here." 

Jarrett eventually got back to racing a year later at his 
local track in Hickory. Then in 1982 he got a ride in the 
first year of what is now the Nationwide Series. Jarrett 
soon embarked on a 24-year career in NASCAR's top series, 
where he won the 1999 points championship, three Daytona 
500s and collected 32 wins. 

"When you have a break that was as severe as that and you 
have to spend a lot of time thinking about it, a lot of 
guys kind of fade off into oblivion," said Lowe's Motor 
Speedway president Humpy Wheeler, who witnessed the wreck 
in 1980. "He did exactly the opposite. 

"It's a fitting culmination to a great career. Dale's a 
local guy and a three-time Cup race winner at Charlotte. 
He's been a class act who understands what this sport is 
about, and that's the fans. The $44 deal is an affordable 
way for race fans to join in as we give a fitting send-off 
to one of NASCAR's greatest champions." 

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