NEWTON, N.C. – Thirty-five years ago, Dale Jarrett faced what amounted to a career choice. Would the 18-year-old follow in the footsteps of his father, longtime NASCAR driver and broadcaster Ned Jarrett, or take a shot at college and his other main sports love – golf?
Then-University of South Carolina coach Bobby Foster had offered a scholarship to the self-taught youngster from Hickory, N.C. His parents had a preference, too, and it wasn’t racing.
“I tried to encourage him to go the golf route,” Ned Jarrett, 77, said. “I knew the pitfalls in racing. And I thought if he ...
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