<
>

Youngest Jarrett prefers baseball

Zach Jarrett, grandson of Ned Jarrett and son of Dale Jarrett - both members of the NASCAR Hall of Fame - chose baseball instead of racing as a career path.

The Baltimore Orioles selected the 6-foot-4, 220-pound outfielder in the 28th round of the recent Major League Baseball Draft.

"It's unreal," Jarrett told MLB.com. "It's been a dream since I was a little kid. For the day to come, it's unreal. It's hard to believe this day is here. I'm ready to get started."

Jarrett started all 58 games for Charlotte this season and had 13 home runs and 45 RBI.

"My dad and I were very fortunate in another sport, but, to me, this is one of the most exciting things that's ever happened to our family," Dale Jarrett said. "My dad and I have won championships, been inducted into the Hall of Fame, but when you see your children achieve their goals and have success, it means more than anything."

--- Florida Times-Union ---