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Fortune smiles upon Jarrett

Updated: February 12, 2005, 4:21 PM ET
Associated Press

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Dale Jarrett is still at the front in the Budweiser Shootout.

After holding off favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr. to win last year's Shootout, the three-time Daytona 500 winner picked the top starting spot in the 19-car field for Saturday night's race in a blind draw Thursday.

"The Shootout is the perfect race to have at night because it is such a spectacle,'' said Jarrett, a three-time winner of the 70-lap, made-for-TV event for last season's pole winners ...

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