Saturday, June 4, 1966 – Two-time NASCAR premier series champion Ned Jarrett announces that he will retire from competition at the end of the racing season. The 33-year-old from Newton, N.C., has 50 career victories on NASCAR’s premier circuit and won series championships in 1961 and ’65. At the time, he said he planned to compete in a limited number of races for the remainder of the ’66 racing season.
• Jarrett did make several more starts that season and closed his career with 352 career starts.
• Two issues and one opportunity helped speed up Jarrett’s decision to step out of the car at a relatively young age and while still competitive – a back injury caused by a crash on the race track and the Ford factory pullout at the end of ’65 were both concerns. But he called the opportunity to work with the marketing group Research With Products too good to pass up.
• In addition to his two premier series championships, Jarrett also won NASCAR Sportsman crowns in 1957 and ’58. He was often referred to as “Gentleman Ned Jarrett” for his demeanor behind the wheel.
• Jarrett also enjoyed a successful broadcast career after he retired from competition. He worked with the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and CBS TV and had his own syndicated radio show.