His racing career came to a sudden end in when he claimed that after his contract is up with MWR he would retire. He announced his retirement 2007 from racing after the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. At the weekend's pre-race driver's meeting, he spoke to the other drivers, saying "Enjoy this. We all have our time in this, and mine has been fantastic. To me, it has been an honor and a privilege to be able to race in this series and say I raced with and against and sometimes beat the best in the world. Thanks for allowing me to do that. Enjoy it. It's a great sport, and you guys make it what it is."
When he was offered a scholarship to attend a university, he did not want to continue his education and instead he got married. He fathered his first son, Jason when he was just 18. The relationship ended very shortly because he was not ready to handle the responsibility.
Dale married his second wife Kelley, in 1984. They lived a happy life along with their three amazing children. The couple met in 1977 when Dale was just a small time driver. Kelley supported him in every chance he took and she is credited for taking him to the high levels he reached in his career. She was a fifth grade teacher and she economically supported him to so he could focus on his dreams of racing.
He has said in many interviews that his wife was primarily responsible for his success. She was behind him, pushing him towards his goal.
There were rumors that Dale was caught cheating on Kelley with a woman named Buffy Waltrip and that is what led to their separation. Dale and Kelley were family friends of Michael and his partner Buffy, since they were dating. Many people claim that Dale and Buffy were not having any relationship and they were friends from the very beginning. There is no concrete evidence that Buffy caused Dale’s relationship with Kelley to fail but it was the only rumor that had any legs under it.
His first son, Jason, followed the tradition that his last name has been carrying for generations by pursuing a career in racing. He is now a former driver in the NASCAR Busch Series and ARCA Racing Series and a current mechanic and spotter for Richard Childress Racing since 2005.
Today, Dale now works for ESPN as a racing analyst. He is happy and proud that both of his sons also became award winning race car drivers. Instead of being in intense competitions, he can now relax and enjoy his success.Return to the previous page
|Date of Birth:||26-11-1956|
|Children:||Jason Jarrett, Natalee Jarrett, Karsyn Jarrett|
|Net Worth:||$35 million|
|Alma Mater:||University of South Carolina|
|Birth Place:||Newton, North Carolina, U.S.|
|Ex. Wife:||Kelley Jarrett|
|T.V. Show(s):||NASCAR on ESPN, NASCAR AMERICA|
|Profession:||Race car driver, Sports commentator|