Kansas: Dale Jarrett preview

UPS Racing Team Notes of Interest Dale Jarrett has just one top-10 finish at Kansas Speedway in the five NASCAR Nextel Cup Series races that have run at the 1.5-mile track. Jarrett's first three starts at Kansas resulted in DNFs. Jarrett was...

UPS Racing Team Notes of Interest

Dale Jarrett has just one top-10 finish at Kansas Speedway in the five NASCAR Nextel Cup Series races that have run at the 1.5-mile track.

Jarrett's first three starts at Kansas resulted in DNFs. Jarrett was running in eighth position during the inaugural Nextel Cup Series race in 2001 when he was caught up in a brutal accident that eliminated the #88 UPS Ford from the race.

Jarrett's best start at Kansas is sixth. He qualified sixth for the inaugural Nextel Cup Series race at Kansas during the 2001 NASCAR season.

Jarrett played host to his annual Dale Jarrett Shootout for the fourth year on Tuesday, September 26th. The event, a celebrity golf shootout, features three-man teams that include stars of NASCAR with the stars of the Senior PGA Tour and this year, featured former NFL stars. Kasey Kahne, Elliott Sadler, Michael Waltrip, Kurt Busch and Kyle Petty all participated in the event this year, along with former NFL stars Joe Theismann, Dwight Clark, Steve Beuerlein and Wesley Walls. Champions Tour Pros included Jay Haas, Walter Hall, Craig Stadler and Doug Tewell. This event marks the fourth annual Dale Jarrett Shootout which takes place in conjunction with the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn.

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Do you look forward to this race with all the bad luck you've had at Kansas?

"The track hasn't been that kind to us, certainly, but that doesn't make it a place I don't look forward to racing at. We've just had some misfortune when it comes to racing at Kansas. I got involved in an accident the first year and then missed a gear the second race that blew the engine up. I think in 2003 we had led a few laps and then broke a part in the engine with three laps to go in the race. It's just been unfortunate circumstances. You just put that behind you and don't worry about it because despite the three DNFs we've also had some decent runs like in 2004. Last year, we got hit during the first few laps of the race and it caused more damage to the chassis than we realized at the time. But, it's a great area for us to be racing in and the people here are certainly excited when we come to town which is always nice and something that you look forward to as a participant in the sport. This is an incredible facility from the racing surface to the hospitality area, then when you get away from the track and down into the city area it's just a really interesting place to visit. So even with the luck we've had at the track it's still a nice place to visit and race."

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