Jarrett sees Chase for the Championship heating up
And he thinks the action Sunday at Michigan International Speedway will set the tone for the NASCAR Sprint Cup title tilt to come.
“I always said Michigan was my favorite race track,” he said. “I had success there, and it always lent itself to great competition. MIS is wide, fast, and drivers have to work hard for the win. It will be no different on Sunday. Michigan is there for the taking, and whoever wins could well set up his chances to make the Chase.”
“Not really,” said Jarrett, who will work ESPN’s telecast from MIS with Allen Bestwick and Andy Petree. “Opportunities present themselves for a reason. It was a seamless transition from driver to analyst. It’s been a terrific deal.”
“I exceeded my dreams and aspirations as a driver,” said Jarrett, whose first race was at historic Hickory Motor Speedway in North Carolina, which was owned by his father. “I miss the thrill of racing, but I’m proud of what I was able to achieve. I owe much of that success to my mother and father.”
“They are definitely athletes,” Jarrett said. “They spend a lot of time on their physical conditioning — well, most, anyway. I guess if there are millions of dollars out there to win, you’d better be prepared.”
“She is still a work in progress,” Jarrett said. “I think she is getting more comfortable with the car. But giving her cars she can be more aggressive in is still a question. I think ever winning a championship in NASCAR is a tall order for Danica, but I can see her having a nice career and keeping her job.”
“That’s a good question,” he said. “I might just retire again and enjoy life. What I can say is that as a TV racing analyst, I’ve made some dear friends and enjoyed every minute of it. I can’t complain one bit.”