The triple crown of ARCA Hickory, NC 8/29/03 They call it the triple crown of the ARCA RE/MAX Series - three races at three different tracks in eight days. The excitement felt by the drivers and teams surrounding this stretch of racing is ...
The triple crown of ARCA
Hickory, NC 8/29/03 They call it the triple crown of the ARCA RE/MAX Series - three races at three different tracks in eight days. The excitement felt by the drivers and teams surrounding this stretch of racing is unsurpassed. We've got a short track, a dirt track and a speedway.
And like everyone else, Jason Jarrett can't wait to get there.
Racing starts off under the lights on Saturday night, August 30th at Winchester Speedway located in Winchester, Indiana, then moves on to the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds in DuQuoin, Illinois for the running of the Southern Illinois 100 presented by Federated Car Care. The last stop of this whirlwind tour is Saturday, September 6th at Chicagoland Speedway located in Joliet, Illinois for the ReadyHosting.com 200 set to roll off at Noon Central time.
"It's kind of like a story you hear from my grandfather (Ned) where you race that many times in that few a days. It's also a neat thing that all the tracks are different - we go to a real fast short track, high-banked half mile, then you go to a big flat dirt track and then you end up back at pretty much what people know as a speedway - like a cookie-cutter track," said Jarrett.
"I know as far as the teams are concerned, it makes a lot more work for them, but from the driver's stand point, it's just a lot of fun because you get to experience three different tracks. And if you don't have a good day, maybe at Winchester, you have only one day to think about it, whereas most of the time you have a whole week or two weeks to think about it. You can maybe redeem yourself a little bit on the dirt."
"After you get done with the dirt, it's kind of back to normal at Chicagoland track. It takes as much down force and as much horse power as possible. At Winchester, it's the best handling car. For us, as far as the dirt is concerned, we had a good run at Springfield so I think we can do good there," added Jarrett.
There are six races over the course of the next four weeks, and for Jarrett, currently second in Series points, the heat is on with several drivers "bump drafting" ready to take over that spot.
"This is a pretty important stretch, because second through I think fifth or sixth in the points is really tight and could swing either way if you have a stretch of bad luck," remarked Jarrett.
Saturday's event at Winchester Speedway can be seen live on Speed Channel, Saturday night (August 30th) beginning at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.
Jason Jarrett is the driver for the #67 Gladiator( GarageWorks / Damon Motorcoach sponsored, ML Motorsports '03 Chevrolet Monte Carlo and is also a member of the Coca-Cola Family of Racing.