Dale Earnhardt Jr. wrapped up his tour for fans — called Appreci88ion — with a two-hour discussion featuring some of the biggest names in sports. Dale Jarrett shared the stage with Junior, and told a story that showed the type of person he is.
The two clearly have a strong bond. Jarrett said that Dale Sr. did a lot for his career, and Junior noted that “Dale (Jarrett) came to my rescue” after his father died.
And then there’s this story.
Jarrett was series champion in 1999, and Dale Jr. supplied a plane to get Jarrett and is team to New York for the awards banquet,
“I kept asking him for the bill; my accountant wanted the bill so we could pay it and include it in our taxes for that year,” Jarrett said. “They had rented us the plane, carried 34 or 35 people to New York and then back home.
“Finally, around Dec. 27, I got the bill. I opened the envelope and on the bill he had written ‘Congratulations on your championship. No charge.’”
Now, that’s generosity.