first_imgTALLADEGA, Ala. — Dale Jarrett’s voice was hoarse and choked with emotion. He had just won a frantic shootout to end a 98-race drought and steal the spotlight from NASCAR’s championship drivers. Jarrett, a hardened veteran, hardly could believe what had happened Sunday during a crash-filled race at dangerous Talladega Superspeedway that shuffled the points standings and moved Tony Stewart back on top of the Nextel Cup leaderboard. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “When you get to this point of your career, you’re not exactly sure when that last victory is going to be there so you learn to cherish each one,” Jarrett said. “It is very emotional. When I was coming down that backstretch, it was very emotional.” An also-ran most of the race, Jarrett used a three-wide pass to challenge Tony Stewart for the lead on the final lap of a three-lap overtime shootout, then passed Stewart on the backstretch in the UAW-Ford 500 for his first victory since 2003 at the now-defunct North Carolina Speedway. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “Everybody was talking about the top 10 cars in the Chase,” said crew chief Todd Parrott, “and the old faithful one here (Jarrett) kind of hanging around where he needed to hang around and to be around at the end and then to make the move that he did is pretty special.” @Roundup Score:NHRA @Roundup Text:JOLIET, Ill. — Season leader Tony Schumacher backed up his national-record run in qualifying with his second straight Top Fuel win Sunday in the Ameriquest Mortgage NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway. With his 4.535-second pass at 328.94 mph against the tire-spinning Doug Herbert (9.877 at 82.52), Schumacher closed in on his third overall and second straight series title. With three events left, he has a 205-point lead over Larry Dixon. last_img read more