UPS Sets Game plan for Summer Swing CHARLOTTE, N.C., (May 31, 2005) ----- Dale Jarrett and the ...
UPS Sets Game plan for Summer Swing
CHARLOTTE, N.C., (May 31, 2005) ----- Dale Jarrett and the #88 UPS Racing Team embark on the "summer swing" of the 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series schedule with this weekend's MBNA Points Race 400 at Dover International Speedway. Jarrett, a former Dover winner, has experienced ups and downs at Dover during the last few events at the one-mile track referred to as the "Monster Mile." Jarrett finished fourth during the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series most recent event at Dover which took place in September 2004.
The #88 UPS Team is preparing for the long stretch of summer races that includes Dover, Pocono and Michigan -- locations where the team has excelled in years past. Bill Wilburn, interim crew chief for the #88 UPS Team, said the team has a created a plan for getting the team back into the top 10 in the point standings.
"As far as our thought process and direction we will be using what the #38 team has been doing as a baseline because they have been running well," Wilburn explained. "We're very open and working well with Todd (Parrott) and Kevin (Collins, engineer) and Raymond (Fox). I think the #88 team ran fourth at Dover last year so we'll look back through some of those notes, but we'll start with a direction that Kevin Collins gives us and then polish it off from there."
Jarrett Discusses Racing at Dover International Speedway
Dover is the first of several tracks at where you have historically performed well so does that give you and the team a boost of confidence heading into the month of June?
"Oh, without a doubt we look forward to the next few months of racing. Obviously we're reorganizing our team and trying to get our program more in line with what the #38 team is doing and it seems to be working out pretty well right now. We knew going into Charlotte that it would take a few weeks to get some new cars built that would make our program more consistent with what Elliott (Sadler) and Todd (Parrott) are doing. The car we're racing this weekend is the same one we've raced the last couple weeks and that's because it is the only car we had that was most inline with what the #38 cars are in regards to aerodynamics. We are hopeful that we'll have some more cars to work with come Pocono and Michigan, especially since those tracks are such strong races for this team. I think our game plan for the next few weeks is to make the most out of the next few weeks and to have as few problems as possible. We had a few problems on Sunday night in the 600 that we were able to overcome and we left with a solid top-10 effort. We probably had a top-five car and that makes me optimistic about the direction this team is heading."
How tough is this weekend's 400-mile race at Dover?
"It's pretty tough. It's one of those races that where you get out of the car after 400 miles you kind of think back and can't believe we used to race 500 laps there. It's a tough, physical track but one that I enjoy. The track has changed a lot over the years but our cars have changed as well. I think one of the things that will be interesting this weekend is to see how the tires hold up and to see how racing unfolds. I would never have dreamed we'd have as many cautions as we did last week at Charlotte. We've seen long, green flag runs at Dover and we've seen multiple cautions. I think the big thing for this race this weekend is to keep your car out of trouble for the first 200 or 300 miles and get it adjusted to where you can go hard for that last 100 laps."
Notes of Interest
* Jarrett has one win at the Monster Mile. He finished first in 1998 after starting from the fourth position.
* Jarrett posted five consecutive top-five finishes at Dover during the spring race from 1998 to 2002. He was running in the top 10 in 2003 when the motor failed on the UPS Ford.
* Jarrett will compete in the MBNA Points Race 200 NASCAR Busch Series race this weekend. It marks the fourth time Jarrett has raced the #90 CitiFinancial Ford in 2005.
Chassid 38 is the car Jarrett will race this weekend at Dover. This is the same car Jarrett has raced the last two weekends finishing eighth in the Coca-Cola 600 and sixth in the All-Star race. This is the same car Jarrett raced to a fourth-place finish at Dover last fall.