The Daytona 500 is only six days away, and we’re counting down the days until the NASCAR season begins at Daytona International Speedway with memorable moments at the most prestigious race in the sport.
By the time the 1993 season began, Dale Earnhardt had already won five Cup Series championships, and he had established himself as one of the greatest drivers in NASCAR history.
He hadn’t won the Daytona 500 yet during his career, but he led late in the race and was seemingly on his way to a trip to Victory Lane.
But Earnhardt was in a tightly contested battle with a driver who had only won one Cup Series race entering the season. A driver by the name of Dale Jarrett was pushing Earnhardt, and he eventually took the lead from Earnhardt on the last lap of the race.
To make the situation even better, Jarrett’s father, Ned, was in the broadcasting booth calling the race. Ned’s broadcasting team led him take over the last lap of the race, and the proud father famously called his son home.
“Come on, Dale! Go, buddy, go! All right, come on! I know he’s got it to the floorboard; he can’t do anymore! Come on! Take ‘er to the inside! Don’t let ’em get on the inside of you comin’ around this turn! Here he comes, Earnhardt; it’s the “Dale and Dale Show” as we come off Turn 4! You know who I’m pulling for, it’s Dale Jarrett. Bring her to the inside, Dale! Don’t let him get down there! He’s gonna make it! Dale Jarrett’s gonna win the Daytona 500!”
CBS was probably more than OK with Jarrett showing bias towards his son in that moment, and even Dale Earnhardt was fine with Ned Jarrett’s call.
Jarrett went on to win three Daytona 500s during his career, but none were more memorable than his first win.
And while Earnhardt finished second in that race, he eventually won his sixth Cup Series title later that year. Not a bad consolation prize.