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Jarrett/Favre Motorsports was an American stock car racing team owned by NASCAR driver Dale Jarrett and National Football League quarterback Brett Favre. The team raced in the Busch Series from 1999 to 2000.[1]

Jarrett/Favre Motorsports
Owner(s)Dale Jarrett, Brett Favre
SeriesBusch Series
Race drivers11. Jason Jarrett
SponsorsRayovac
ManufacturerPontiac, Chevrolet
Opened1999
Career
Debut1999 Coca Cola 300 (Texas)
Latest race2000 Miami 300 (Homestead-Miami)
Races competed29
Drivers' Championships0
Race victories0
Pole positions0

Contents

Busch SeriesEdit

FoundingEdit

Brett Favre signed on as part-owner of the team in early 1999 to couple with Dale Jarrett.[2]

Car No. 11 HistoryEdit

The team debuted with Kenny Irwin Jr. at Texas Motor Speedway in March 1999. Irwin posted a fifth in that first race, which was coincidentally the team's best finish in competition. Irwin made four more starts, posting another fifth at Dover International Speedway. Team owner Jarrett made one start at Darlington Speedway and fell victim to overheating. Jason Jarrett, Dale's son, made one start at Gateway Motorsports Park and finished 25th, one lap down. Steve Grissom made four starts near the end of the season, recording a best finish of 13th at Memphis International Raceway.[3][4][5][6]

In 2000, the team shifted its focus to the younger Jarrett, with Rayovac returning as primary sponsor. Jarrett struggled mightily in the first nineteen races of the season, posting his only top-20 finish at Daytona International Speedway, crashing out of three races, and failing to qualify for eight other races, making for only eleven starts. To try to help performance, the team switched from Pontiacs to Chevrolets and changed crew chiefs from Wes Ward to Rick Bowman. However, neither of the changes seemed to improve performance, so journeyman driver Hut Stricklin was hired to run two races, at Pikes Peak International Raceway and Gateway. Stricklin only qualified for the race at Pikes Peak and finished 28th. Stricklin also attempted the fall race for the team at Phoenix International Raceway, but did not qualify. Jarrett returned to the car after the Gateway race, but failed to qualify for three more races and posted a best finish of 22nd at Bristol Motor Speedway, even as Verizon Wireless came on board as an associate sponsor.[7][8][9]

In September of 2000, Rayovac announced that they would not renew their sponsorship into 2001. Plagued by poor performance, Jarrett/Favre Motorsports did not return for the 2001 season.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Brett Favre Owner Statistics". Racing-Reference.info. Racing-Reference.info. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  2. ^ Pearlman, Jeff (2016). Gunslinger: The Remarkable, Improbable and Iconic life of Brett Favre. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. p. 246. ISBN 978-0-544-45437-8.
  3. ^ "Kenny Irwin, Jr. 1999 NASCAR Busch Grand NationalSeries Results". Racing-Reference.info. Racing-Reference.info. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  4. ^ "Dale Jarrett 199 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series Results". Racing-Reference.info. Racing-Reference.info. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  5. ^ "Steve Grissom 1999 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series Results". Racing-Reference.info. Racing-Reference.info. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  6. ^ "Jason Jarrett 1999 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series Results". Racing-Reference.info. Racing-Reference.info. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  7. ^ "Jason Jarrett 2000 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series Results". Racing-Reference.info. Racing-Reference.info. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  8. ^ "Hut Stricklin 2000 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series Results". Racing-Reference.info. Racing-Reference.info. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  9. ^ Bretches, Meagan L.; Connell, Paul M. "Verizon Wireless Sponsors Jarrett/Favre Motorsports". Verizon Wireless. Verizon Wireless. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  10. ^ "BUSCH: Jarrett, Favre sponsor hunting". Motorsport.com. Motorsport.com. Retrieved May 9, 2016.