Dover: Dale Jarrett preview

"Dover is a difficult track. It's very fast and very physical, but that's two things that I enjoy. It's a handling race track. Over the years, a lot has changed at Dover. I raced when it was an asphalt track, and now we have the concrete surface.

"Dover is a difficult track. It's very fast and very physical, but that's two things that I enjoy. It's a handling race track. Over the years, a lot has changed at Dover. I raced when it was an asphalt track, and now we have the concrete surface. We've done a lot of different things to adapt to those changes. Things have changed a lot as far as setups go, but the biggest thing about getting around Dover is avoiding other people's accidents. A number of times, when we've had problems, it's been the result of getting caught up in somebody else's problems."


    § Dale Jarrett on getting around Dover Downs International Speedway

Dover is welcome site for #88 UPS Team

Dover Offers Lesson in Hard Knocks . . . Dover Downs International Speedway is a tough, one-mile concrete track that has claimed its fair share of victims in the world of NASCAR racing. Dover is one of the tracks where the #88 UPS Racing Team has excelled on a consistent basis. Dale Jarrett enjoyed top-five finishes at both Dover races in 2003 with a fifth-place effort in June, and then a third-place finish in September. Jarrett has learned through the years one of the keys to getting around Dover is tire management.

"As far as tires go Dover is a very difficult race track on tires," Jarrett said. "Tire management is very critical. And, I think the guys that have that somewhat figured out are the ones that you have to beat. Usually, we don't have a problem in that area, but, again, it's a real challenge.

"It doesn't take long to get around Dover anymore," Jarrett continued. "It's like anywhere else we race. You've got to have a good race car. Handling is the key. You have to be smooth around that track and it is easy to overdrive."

§ Jarrett has a string of top-five finishes in the spring race at Dover that stretches back to his win at the track in the Miller 500 in June 1998. He also has scored a fourth, and three top fives in the last five spring races.

§ Since joining the #88 UPS team in 1996, Jarrett's stats at Dover include one win, nine top fives and 10 top 10s.

§ Jarrett has led a lap in five of the last seven spring races at Dover for a total of 451 laps.

Parker Leads #88 UPS Team to Top-10 Finish . . . With a ninth-place finish in Sunday evening's race at Lowe's Motor Speedway, the #88 UPS Racing Team earned their first top-10 finish since winning at Rockingham in February. It was the first point race for new crew chief Shawn Parker, and although the team finished the race one lap down to the leaders, it was enough to make driver Jarrett optimistic about the rest of the season.

"We knew before the race that our car wasn't real good at the start of a run, but that it was good on a long run," Jarrett said. "Shawn did a great job adjusting on the car and making it better whereas before I just had to be so easy with the car that I was almost like on egg shells trying to race. On Sunday, I could be aggressive. It was a lot of fun to be able to race like that again. We have made a lot of progress in one week and if we can continue to make that kind of progress, then we'll be knocking on the door again. The future is looking a little brighter for this race team now."

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Jarrett , Shawn Parker