Dale Jarrett had a unique perspective as he watched Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre hold an emotional news conference announcing his retirement from the NFL.
“It’s starting to hit home after watching him a little bit,” said Jarrett, speaking of his own departure from competition.
Jarrett will start last in the No. 44 Toyota in Sunday’s Kobalt Tools 500, using a champion’s provisional for the first time this season. Next he will go to Bristol Motor Speedway to try to make the field for what would be his final points race.
Jarrett’s final event as a driver is scheduled to come at the Sprint All-Star Race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in May.
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“I hope everyone knows I understand the opportunities I’ve had,” said Jarrett, who has won 32 times in 666 career Cup starts. “I hope I’ve never acted like I’ve taken any of this for granted.”
Jarrett said that when Favre said he was tired, he certainly understood that.
“There is a time when things come to an end,” he said. “This is my time.”