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Dave chats with one of the 2011 NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductees, Ned Jarrett about his legendary career.
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-- -- Hall of Fame career began back in fifty Fleury scored his first big NASCAR win and 59 his first championship of what has -- cup in 61. Follow that up -- have a total of sixty thought he collected thirteen wins that year including a memorable southern 500. Where he won by a narrow fourteen laps that's a NASCAR cup record for margin of victory by just a year after that second title who retired from driving. And in the decades that follow became one -- the most recognizable respected television commentators. On the NASCAR scene on Monday dead and his contribution to the sport will be forever immortalized as he will officially ever. The NASCAR Hall of -- Tonight it is my pleasure to walker moody -- 2011 hall of Famer Bob. -- I was fortunate enough to call colleague for several years I learned a lot about racing and about television. From Ned Jarrett and as much -- to tell you I appreciate battle thanks for got a good particular match it's nice to be written watching. And listening to Jenkins today on the IndyCar thing you know when you were coming here tonight government thinkable but about Benny Parsons. Or that I have every time. Television component thing about racing after Cabrera been partisan center Greg they're these days NASCAR has the regional series you got the truck she got pretty the Nationwide Series. -- -- training grounds for upcoming NASCAR drivers how it worked out when you started what was your path. To the big leagues of NASCAR approach you mention my first race with the -- motor speedway when it opened. Actress in 1952. And I just started racing to -- -- him on the weekend and started running more race is bare and Bennett north book turn those short fairgrounds track and then we started getting happy in the national forced anything that hey we're not all that. Take a look at this and so and the nineteenth pick six we were running and operators to be up in the top PM and found in the top five and Ralph Earnhardt -- -- you have your bad. While also leading the points during the third year so we took off and started. Running more racism wound up second to him in the national sportsman's standing bride and then. -- kicked seven and 58 we were able to win the championship from that division part. And now that's considered championship is considered to be all the sort of the measure our guests over a NASCAR drivers in in many ways armed. Gentlemen merit in this age when all the talk is about have at a boys the nickname seems almost point. Our -- did you consciously worked at trying to be a role models and important to you but the public perceives you. As a racer. And as a gentleman or was not just your natural personality common out despite all the -- Work hard -- a family of six children and my dad. Stretched forest to try to do whatever we period to build respect among her fellow man and think that. Sort of pushed me to to track her first we'll be nice to people and drew. Bill respect and have held the gentlemen may have. Thinking well I don't know there's I don't know that you just well it was a natural evolution guerrilla let us look so he what's the -- Its foot stomp on us steam coming out interiors you've never been in racing. And what did you do about it. Well I'm an early in my career I got to all commanded junior dropped. And barrels and hit good motor speedway. And he had knocked -- the book. But I -- there there was no wall -- the bank follow and the next Saturday -- not I thought well maybe we'll get together again. And sure not to worked out that that we were battling for the lead as we were the week before and so. Accidentally got injured -- home her first ten pet about a foot ten history birthday next to nothing New Hampshire crap I have to credit ledger Newark where -- and after the race now standing down. Bode -- at the pay window waiting to your did you pay what little room to get paid. And trying to convince junior that my breakthrough -- failed and I couldn't help picked him. More up on us doing a heck of a sales job. And junior just undertaken to didn't while hosting the word and a fan walked up with a probably don't stand in his third here's your tickets and I'm ready -- -- SOB on the wall a little. Had a no no no no I didn't matter that they're definitely though Soriano you really need to -- -- and junior -- -- -- and her local -- but all you know about his second career as a broadcaster. About the time he spent as a promoter kicker was your home track where you run your first race she wound up as part owner of the place. Why did you become a promoter was not a good business to be in. It was a good business to be -- certainly want to learn. Spirits for me even though I had been involved in the sport for. A long long time but I was so that's was about a year after I had retired from driving in the business that went into abandon work out. The way that that prompt the -- Witten and so I was really looking for something else to do and forgot the name of -- Griffin and bill Edwards from here in Charlotte. Have -- the track and they needed to manager and so the call me up and asked if I would have become the manager and so I jumped -- the opportunity because you know live distract them love the sport. There's a there's a bit of a reunion there that I need to go long ware around to get to Bobby Isaac Q and you were great friends -- to favour of photo of -- has -- -- NASCAR war. Draft that he pulled off the track at Talladega and 73 but more scar. And walked away and Saban said he heard a voice that told him to get out of Clark. Can you add anything to that story being his friend didn't do -- ever share with you anything more than that do you think you spoke to him do you know what. What it was about I really don't paperwork and we put a lot of golf together and we didn't talk a lot of racing him horn dog Olympic bid together there. -- never -- with their. The details of that particular situation he didn't stop racing in fact -- I understand he continued to race at Hickory and actually died of heart attack after -- race there. And then thanks I believe impart to you he is buried. In the cemetery. Which is adjacent to the track this so tell me about. Funeral. Joe Louis. Well. The track deals with them shouting distance. All the cemetery and the cars going around if there was a funeral home Sunday afternoon or you know that the average of the north will be devastating and so we worked closely with -- Funeral homes and of ministers and area newspapers had a plan and and they do they work -- -- -- and planning as well as they could but occasionally just had to be. When we would never race and even a couple of times when we ran grand national races there. They we had to stop in the middle of the race you would stop the race the race in comes a procession and and they do do the general. Graveside rites and then -- now when we saw them pull away -- we would Franklin back up again fans waited patiently understood it that first and you know they agree with a little confusing to them and and other -- what I understand but then it became a novelty there's something though they didn't mind at all -- just good for the let's say I was stands third third third and I felt as -- that's is that as good measure of health for the sport as the wolves and that I can think of how did you land -- the ESPN job. And in the CBS ski out of the Talbot television roll call where open. What started all it took to -- Carnegie course after that. Won the championship in 1961 not Brooklyn apartment work and sell -- I had. No opportunity to talk to people and communicate. And I looked up and won the championship in 1961. Not prepared to represent my family or my sport the way that I wanted to and throw took that -- Carnegie course and it turned my life around totally. And I've been a walking advertisement for that had never had another article I gotta pay them for the authorities. Of course that it's 31 the best thing that I ever -- and as a result of doing there follow still dropping. Reporter for -- were backed him with fake me out for interview you've become the go to guy all you have got a thousand by the -- who have been what you've gone -- -- horseshoe until we're fortunate that high and I felt better to do it royalty Gloria and Italy are still good -- -- -- -- that resulted in me being asked to. Through a third and also radio broadcast them actually in 1956 follow still driving race cars and then just one thing led to another radio and Ken Squier was a great help to remain young and can get me involved in a television. And so for -- to BF came along them in 1979. I have done some things. For the am already had actually done a couple of IndyCar racers for the hump and so. They hired me to work on their NASCAR schedule them. Starting with the 1979. Daytona 500 that's so. So popular and -- I actually I was Willard with CBS for -- three years before year's four went to work with the ESPN. And they believe it there to have a wonderful might tomorrow night congratulations on your induction into the NASCAR hall of thanks very prayer may don't give up the good work here were my heroes whether you know my manager.