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Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame Inducts Dale Jarrett into the 2011 Class

From Hickory Daily Record:  A NASCAR champion, an All-American swimmer, a three-sport prep star, a longtime youth coach and an icon in the world of slow-pitch softball are headed into the Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame.

The Hickory Metro Sports Commission announced its class of 2011 on Wednesday, and the five selections will be inducted May 9 at Catawba Valley Community College.

The 10th Hall of Fame class, bringing its membership to 47, is:

Dale Jarrett, 54, who began racing at 20 at Hickory Motor Speedway.

He finished his NASCAR career with 32 wins, 163 top-five finishes, 260 top-10 finishes and three Daytona 500 victories (1993, 1996 and 2000).

Jarrett has retired from racing and is a NASCAR analyst for ESPN and ABC Sports.

Jarrett's father, Ned, also a NASCAR champion, was in the first class (2001) of the Hall of Fame.

"It's an extreme honor to have this opportunity to follow my father into this Hall of Fame," Jarrett said at Wednesday's press conference. "It means a lot to me. And to hear about all the accomplishments, it's just amazing when you realize the athletes and the people that have made a difference right here around us."

The induction for the 2011 Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame will be at May 9 at Catawba Valley Community College. If you are in the area please join us!

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