"I appreciated the track officials going and repaving the track before we raced at New Hampshire last time. We had a much wider race track there and it should be even better this time around. It's still tough to pass. The bottom of the track used...
"I appreciated the track officials going and repaving the track before
we raced at New Hampshire last time.
We had a much wider race track there and it should be even better this
time around. It's still tough to pass. The bottom of the track used to
be the place you wanted to race but that inside line is now the difficult
part to get down and make a pass. With the repaved surface we were able
to do a little more side-by-side racing and transfer positions."
Dale Jarrett on Racing at New Hampshire
UPS Team Ready for Strategy Game at NHIS
UPS Team Looks for Another Top 10 at NHIS . . . Pit strategy and a good racecar enabled Dale Jarrett and the #88 UPS Racing Team to pick up a seventh-place finish when the NASCAR Winston Cup Series last visited the "magic mile" of New Hampshire International Speedway. With the tight racing quarters at NHIS, track position proved crucial and Jarrett believes fans will see more of the same this time around.
"Shawn Parker (crew chief) did a really good job of calling the race and adjusting on the car when were at Loudon in July," Jarrett said. "We made the car better throughout the race and it actually drove good at the end but I was trying to save fuel so I couldn't race those guys up front like I wanted to. Because track position is so important at New Hampshire, we'll probably see a lot more pit stops with guys taking two tires or fuel only just to get out front."
* In 17 starts at NHIS, Jarrett has scored one win, seven top fives and 13 top-10 finishes.
* In the September race at New Hampshire, Jarrett's lowest finishing spot is 18th during the 1999 Dura-Lube 300.
* Jarrett's average finish in the September race at New Hampshire is 8th.
Jarrett to Race Same Car from July at NHIS . . . Crew chief Shawn Parker says that despite the differences in weather temperature at Loudon between July and September, the race track should relatively be the same as it was when the Winston Cup Series last visited the track. Parker explained that with what the team has learned over the course of the last two months, they will be trying some new things at Loudon.
"It's the same race track as July but we've come a long ways since July as far as with what we've learned with our set ups," Parker explained. "We are taking the same car we had last time. We'll keep our July set up in the back of our mind but kind of go off of what we've been working with lately. We'll probably start with the stuff we have been using the last several races and we can always rely back on what we had there in July."
John Bryan Returns to Action This Weekend . . . John Bryan will reassume duties as jackman for the #88 UPS Racing Team this weekend at New Hampshire International Speedway. Bryan has been on the sidelines since getting hurt at Indianapolis Motor Speedway the first of August. Bryan has been working out with the pit crew and practicing for the last three weeks and returns to action for the first time this weekend.