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Ned Jarrett leads NASCAR Hall of Fame class

Tue., May 24, 2011, midnight

Auto racing: Ned Jarrett won 50 races over his career, claimed two NASCAR championships, and once beat the field by 19 miles at Darlington Raceway. Then he moved on to broadcasting races, a second career that was as successful as his first.

The highlight, though, was not on the track or in a broadcasting booth.

Instead, he considers Monday night, when he was be inducted into NASCAR’s Hall of Fame, as his proudest moment.

“This is the best day of my life,” said Jarrett, known as “Gentleman Ned,” for his clean racing and kind demeanor.

“I thought maybe some day I would be able to get in there. I honestly didn’t think it would be this early.”

Jarrett (pictured) is part of a five-member class that also includes 105-race winner David Pearson, 84-race winner Bobby Allison, Petty Enterprises patriarch and three-time Cup champion Lee Petty, and Bud Moore, a decorated World War II veteran and two-time Cup championship team owner.

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Pac-10 honors Cougars’ Ard

Baseball: It was quite a week for Washington State sophomore Taylor Ard – a .500 batting average, three home runs and 11 RBIs in six games, five of them multi-hit games.

Monday, Ard was named the Pac-10 player of the week.

His 12-for-24 week included six doubles besides the three home runs that moved him into a tie for the Pac-10 lead with eight, and he leads the conference with 50 RBIs.

Gonzales earns WCC award

Baseball: After allowing one earned run and striking out 15 in 16 innings in two wins, Gonzaga freshman Marco Gonzales was named West Coast Conference pitcher of the week for the second time this season.

At 10-2, he leads the WCC in wins, as does his 2.34 ERA.

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