Las Vegas: Dale Jarrett preview

UPS Team Looks to Capitalize on Vegas Test UPS Racing Team Notes of Interest * Jarrett won the Bud Pole for the inaugural Nextel Cup Series race at Las Vegas in 1998. He led for a total of 40 laps before losing an engine on the ...

UPS Team Looks to Capitalize on Vegas Test

UPS Racing Team Notes of Interest

* Jarrett won the Bud Pole for the inaugural Nextel Cup Series race at Las Vegas in 1998. He led for a total of 40 laps before losing an engine on the #88 Robert Yates Racing Ford with less than 50 laps to go in the event.

* Jarrett has been running at the end of all Nextel Cup Races at Las Vegas except two (engine in 1998 and accident in 2003). In the other six races, Jarrett has finished 11th or better except in 2005 when he finished 18th after running in the top 10 for most of the event.

Jarrett Discusses Racing at Las Vegas

This will be the last time the Nextel Cup Series races at Las Vegas as it is now. Do you think the racing can get better?

"I think the racing at Las Vegas is good the way the track is now. It's a pretty good track for racing and we've been racing there for eight years now so it has developed its own character and tendencies that make it a little different from other tracks its size. Obviously you have to commend the people at Las Vegas for trying to make improvements and to make the facility more fan-friendly with all the amenities they are adding. It's a great facility now but I think when we go back we're going to see something even better and it sounds like it is going to be an upgrade for fans and competitors alike."

Is it safe to say Las Vegas is one of your favorite venues?

"Yeah I enjoy any trip to the West Coast because everything is pretty different from what goes on in the Carolinas. Las Vegas is one of my favorite places just because there literally is something for everyone. There are great shows and a lot of great restaurants. Plus you tend to see a lot of entertainers in town and that's always neat to run into those people and to see them in person. The shopping is pretty good, plus there are several really beautiful and tough golf courses that my teammate, Elliott, and I try to visit at least once when we're in town. Then of course it's fun to go down to the casinos every once in a while. It's just a fun place to visit and I don't think I'm ever at a loss for something to do when I am there."

Crew Chief Slugger Labbe Discusses Racing at Las Vegas

Since you are taking the same car from California to Las Vegas did the team make any major changes to the car for this week?

"We made the basic changes to it that makes it more compatible for the track at Las Vegas. Las Vegas is not as fast as California so the cars don't carry as much speed into the corners. The problem with our car at California was that the nose was traveling through the corners too much because the car carried so much speed down the straight-aways. We won't see as much of that at Las Vegas so we feel pretty good about this weekend's race."

How did the test go for the team at Las Vegas back in January?

"I think we had an excellent test. We made a lot of progress during the two days and I think that gave Dale a lot of confidence in what we were doing and trying to accomplish. We had a situation where we found something that really made the car more to his liking toward the end of the second day. We wished we had a third day to try some more of that so our plan is to take that information and we'll start Friday's practice out in that set up even though its qualifying day.

Chassis 54

Chassis 54 is the car Jarrett will race this weekend at Las Vegas. It is the same car he raced at California Speedway just two weeks ago. The car's best finish to date is a ninth-place finish at Phoenix last November.

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Dale Jarrett , Robert Yates
Teams Yates Racing