Atlanta: Dale Jarrett preview

UPS Racing Team Notes of Interest * Jarrett is a former winner at Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS), visiting victory lane at the track's spring race in 1997. He was the last driver to win at Atlanta with its old configuration. * ...

UPS Racing Team Notes of Interest

* Jarrett is a former winner at Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS), visiting victory lane at the track's spring race in 1997. He was the last driver to win at Atlanta with its old configuration.

* Jarrett has been with Robert Yates Racing since 1995 when he drove the #28 RYR Ford. He has 22 starts at Atlanta since 1995 and 10 of those 22 starts have been top-five finishes for Jarrett at AMS. Five of those top-five finishes have been second-place finishes.

* In his last 22 starts at AMS with RYR, Jarrett has been running at the end of all 22 races but one and that was the 2000 spring race when the engine failed on the #88 RYR Ford.

* In addition to cheering on the North Carolina Tar Heels in the NCAA Basketball Tournament this week, Jarrett will be participating in another hobby of his at an historic place. He'll be playing golf at Augusta National Golf Club, home to the PGA's Masters Tournament.

Dale Jarrett Discusses Racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway

What are the things you like about Atlanta as a driver?

"It's a fun track. It's the kind of place where as a driver you have to kind of feel your car out as to where it is going to perform the best whether that's the bottom, middle or top groove. That's one of the things I like about the track is that ability to kind of manipulate your car if you will and see where it handles best and how it handles best with other cars around. You kind of have to know how your car is and what's best for it as well as pay attention to what others around you are doing and take advantage of the guys running ahead of you in order to better your position. It's a fast track with a lot of grip and it's just a fun place to compete.

What do you think of when you think of Atlanta?

"Well, first I think about my sponsors because it's home to a few of them. Atlanta is where UPS headquarters is located as well as Coca-Cola. Obviously it would be a huge thing for us to win there in our sponsor's backyard. That's something we haven't been able to do yet and we'd love to be able to deliver that win for them.

Crew Chief Slugger Labbe Discusses Racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway

How have you prepared for the first banked down force track of the season?

"We're going to take the same car Dale raced at Atlanta in the fall. We worked on it a little bit. It's the same body but we redefined the car and turned it into a Fusion. So we're basically taking the same car because he finished 14th there and he felt pretty confident when he left there last fall. Dale generally does really well at Atlanta so that's why we're taking the same car. We'll go there with just a little different set up."

What are the tendencies of Atlanta that you prepare for as a team?

"Atlanta is unique in itself because one lap you'll be racing on the bottom and the next lap you'll race around the top. Sometimes you run in the middle. There are three grooves around there and cars are all over the place. Getting the car to handle and not slide around is big. Sometimes at Atlanta you'll be sideways and then you'll be tight just a few laps later. Generally with Dale, his driving style, he is generally tight there and tight from the center off. We've learned some things and we think we can help that."

Chassis 56

Chassis 56 is the car Jarrett will compete with this weekend in Atlanta. The car was raced by the team at New Hampshire last fall with an 18th-place finish and it is the same car Jarrett raced at Atlanta last October where he started ninth and finished 14th.

-ryr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Dale Jarrett , Robert Yates
Teams Yates Racing