UPS Racing Team Notes of Interest There have been a total of 12 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series races run at California Speedway since the series started racing there in 1997. Dale Jarrett is one of 11 drivers that have competed in all 12 Nextel ...
UPS Racing Team Notes of Interest
There have been a total of 12 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series races run at California Speedway since the series started racing there in 1997. Dale Jarrett is one of 11 drivers that have competed in all 12 Nextel Cup Series races to be run at the track.
This will be just the third Labor Day weekend race at California Speedway since the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series started racing at the track twice in 2004. Jarrett's best finish in the Labor Day weekend race at California is the eighth-place finish he earned in 2004.
Jarrett's best career finish at California Speedway is fifth. Jarrett finished fifth at California during the spring of 1999.
Jarrett's best career start at California is second. He started second at the track in 1999.
Jarrett Discusses Racing at California Speedway
What do you expect to see this weekend at California?
"I really don't anticipate anything too different. We've learned a lot about racing at California in the last several years and what the track does when during this particular event with the way we start racing during the day and end at dark. Like everything else, handling is important at California. The engine and aero is as important as ever but if you car doesn't handle through the turns, all the horse power in the world won't help you because it's harder to take advantage of because you can't get back in the gas like you need."
Has this track changed much since the series started racing at the track in 1997?
"I think the biggest thing we've seen with this track is the multiple grooves that have developed. The first couple years it was tough because there was pretty much only one decent groove for racing. But obviously that has changed as the track has gotten some age on it."
Does this track have any tendencies?
"I can't speak for everyone but I know it seems that for our team we've had a tough time freeing the car up the last few times we've been here. Getting the car to turn through the corner has been an issue for us all season so that will definitely be something we're preparing to confront this weekend, especially with the race ending under the lights. It's a 500-mile race and you've got plenty of time to adjust your car. I think we were slightly encouraged with some of the progress we made with our cars at Michigan so I am looking forward to this weekend to see if we can make even more progress with the problems we've been battling all season. If we can compete in the top 20 and leave with a top 20 or top 15 finish, then we'll feel like we've made some progress with our program, especially at these down force tracks that have been a struggle for us all year."