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Dale Jarrett's Daytona dream has come true three times

Only five drivers have won the Great American Race three times. Only two have won it at least four times. Dale Jarrett can join Richard Petty and Cale Yarborough in that elite group, writes Marty Smith, if he can qualify for Sunday's Daytona 500.

Updated: February 13, 2008, 4:48 PM ET
By Marty Smith | ESPN.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Dale Jarrett remembers it in almost photographic detail, the tangible disappointment.

It was Feb. 24, 1963, and he and older brother Glen sat on the back of their parents' car and watched as their father, Ned, winced in frustration after running out of gas leading the Daytona 500.

At that moment he knew: This is the most important race in the world.

Three decades later, on Valentine's Day 1993, Jarrett would win the ...

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