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Dale Jarrett is joining the elite in NASCARâ€™s Hall of Fame.
The Catawba County native and three-time Daytona 500 champion was announced as one of five inductees for NASCARâ€™s most prestigious honor on Wednesday during a press conference in Charlotte.
Jarrett joins drivers Tim Flock, Jack Ingram and Glenn â€śFireballâ€ť Roberts, as well as engine builder Maurice Petty, as members in the Class of 2013 NASCAR Hall of Fame.
"I've always felt like it was an honor and a privilege to drive for NASCAR, and this sport has been such a huge part of the Jarrett life," Dale said. "Now to be part of something that my father is a part of just means the world to me."
Jarrett received 56 percent of the votes from the 54-member Hall of Fame voting panel â€” the third most behind Flock (76 percent) and Petty (67 percent).
Dale Jarrett joins his father, Ned, in NASCARâ€™s Hall of Fame.
Ned was inducted in 2011.
The Jarretts become the third father-son tandem to enter into NASCARâ€™s Hall, joining Lee and Richard Petty, as well as Bill France, Sr. and Bill France, Jr.
All five inductees will be enshrined into the hall in a special ceremony in Charlotte on Jan. 29, 2014.View more articles in: