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In 1996, Catawba County native Dale Jarrett won his first Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The event was only three years old and, unlike its IndyCar companion The Indy 500, there was no established celebration for the event. That was until Jarrett and his team changed things.

“It’s actually something that I won’t take full credit,” said Jarrett. “Todd Parrott, my crew chief at the time, he said we need to do something different if we’re fortunate enough to win this race.”

The team did win and the something different was just that.

“We didn’t talk specifically what we were going to do. But to be quite honest, when I won the race, that was the furthest thing from my mind.”

Jarrett and his team went to the “yard of bricks,” which acts as the finish line at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and kneeled down to kiss them in celebration.

“Now to know that it’s not just a NASCAR tradition,” said Jarrett. “But the guys from the Indy 500, when they go out and win that, they do it also.”

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