Winning Daytona: Dale Jarrett
"I had sensed that Dale's car was getting extremely loose. He only changed two tires, and the rest of us got four the last time we pitted. So I knew if I could just get to his back bumper -- not to hit him -- but aero-wise, I could get him loose enough that I could probably get by him.
"As we went off into Turn 1 [on the final lap], I was able to slide up in front of Dale and get in front of him. He pushed me down the backstretch. From there it was a matter of keeping the car on the bottom, which I knew I had the car to do that. As we came off of Turn 4, I moved to the inside because I knew that's where Dale would try to go to make his move.
"The best driver didn't win. The best car won the race, and I happened to be the driver in the best car. . . . As I crossed the start-finish line, it was almost like: 'Did this really just happen? And what are we going to do from here?'
"It was a lot more than I had ever envisioned . . . and CBS letting my dad [broadcaster Ned Jarrett] be a father and not necessarily an announcer was pretty special. Still is, to this day."
-- Interview by Liz Clarke