Dale Jarrett Atlanta press conference

DALE JARRETT: "I think since they've reconfigured this track that we've just had a qualifying setup that has worked well. I'm sure that I'm probably wrong because I usually am, but I don't think we've qualified out of the top five or six since...

DALE JARRETT:
"I think since they've reconfigured this track that we've just had a qualifying setup that has worked well. I'm sure that I'm probably wrong because I usually am, but I don't think we've qualified out of the top five or six since they've changed this track around. So, we just found something that worked. Actually, the first time we came here and tested Kenny Irwin was just getting ready to start with our team at that time and he was here and just getting to know us and then getting in one of the cars. He helped me with some things and helped us with some things and we've kind of stuck with the same setup. We haven't changed it. We vary a little bit depending on track conditions -- a lot of sun or if it's really cool like this -- but the changes that we make are very subtle. We may change right before qualifying to try to get a little more front downforce on the car and that was key. We ran two-and-a-half tenths faster in qualifying, so everything that we did was a positive."

DID YOU AND RICKY HAVE THE SAME SETUP?
"The setups were somewhat similar. His shock package was a little different. They went with a package that they used at Charlotte, but we didn't feel that was the best for us. I guess his car just bottomed out. His springs were probably just a little bit softer and with the shock package that he had, that probably created some of that. From what they told me, he had been touching just a little bit down there, but when you put the full package there and all the tape on the front, along with new tires, you're traveling at a higher rate of speed and I think he just hit a little bit harder and when it landed it didn't land exactly straight. I hated to see that, but I'm glad Ricky's OK."

HOW DOES THE FORECAST EFFECT HOW YOU SETUP ON SUNDAY?
"I think it's gonna be something where you're gonna have a very fast race track here. The problem that we usually encounter here is our cars tend to get tighter as a run goes on and by the end of the fuel stop then you can get really tight. So you have to be careful. You almost have to start the car out to the really looser side and that can be a little tricky in traffic. When you have cold weather on top of that, it makes it even more difficult so we're gonna have to work really hard. We've finished second here a number of times, but we haven't had that setup like Bobby's got -- that really works well for him. Jeremy's run well here the last few times, so we're trying something a little bit different than what we've been here -- some things we've learned at some places where we've run well -- so we're gonna be a little bit different starting tomorrow morning out. I think tomorrow morning's practice is gonna be pretty important because even though it's gonna be really cool then, I think we're gonna look at really cool temperatures for Sunday, so that'll be an important 45 minutes for us."

DOES YOUR APPROACH TO THIS RACE CHANGE AT ALL?
"We're here to win just like we would have been if we were battling for the championship, unless circumstances would have been different where all we had to do was finish at a certain place, but, still, you go to win. That's what we're here for, but we're also here to learn. This is an important race for us. We don't want to have to use a test before we come back here in just a few months. We would like to have a good day Sunday to where we have something. Even if we don't win, if we've got something we can bring back, say with a small adjustment we think we can be just a little bit better. It would be nice to have a victory under your belt because you get to enjoy that for a few months. That'll be tough to do, but that would be nice. That would be important -- to take away a good run to where we feel comfortable coming back here in March."

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Jarrett