Michigan: Dale Jarrett preview

Team UPS Prepares for DJ Favorite in MIS CHARLOTTE, N.C., (June 14, 2005) ----- Dale Jarrett and the ...

Team UPS Prepares for DJ Favorite in MIS

CHARLOTTE, N.C., (June 14, 2005) ----- Dale Jarrett and the #88 UPS Racing Team prepare for one of their favorite race tracks with the running of this weekend's Batman Begins 400 at Michigan International Speedway (MIS). Jarrett and company picked up a pair of third-place finish at Michigan in 2004, and Jarrett boasts a career total of 20 top-10 finishes at the flat, two-mile track. Jarrett's affinity for the track is due in part to the success he has enjoyed there since picking up his first career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series win there in August of 1991.

"I really do enjoy racing at Michigan," Jarrett said. "I'm sure a good part of that goes back to the fact that we run well there and the fact that it is the track where I got my first win. I enjoyed racing there before that but after being fortunate enough to beat Davey Allison to the line there in 1991 -- I think that just sealed it for Michigan being my favorite race track."

The #88 UPS Team has gone on to win three more races at MIS for Jarrett since his first career win there in 1991. In addition, Jarrett has two career poles at MIS. He picked up his most recent Michigan pole award in June 2002.

Jarrett Discusses Racing at Michigan International Speedway

What is it about this track that you enjoy so much?

"I think it is the ideal track for racing. The track is real wide and there are multiple racing grooves. It's a track that allows the driver to utilize his or her talent and abilities to see where the car handles the best and performs the best. I think I've said this several times before but it is a track that changes during the course of a 400-mile race and the driver has to be able to adjust to those changes just as much as the car. I know we've won races racing in a groove right up alongside the retaining wall then we've won races with the line right around the bottom of the track being the best groove for the car. It's a track that gives the driver options and it is wide enough where you can see lots of side-by-side racing for several laps and I think that makes it enjoyable for everyone from the drivers and teams to the race fans."

How much does horsepower come into play at Michigan?

"Well it's definitely important but so are aerodynamics and handling. As far as engines go, that's the one area where we haven't been lacking in 2005. Doug Yates and his team have done an excellent job not just for our teams at Robert Yates Racing but for all the teams in the Ford camp. I think Roush has won half the races in 2005 and Doug's engines certainly play a part in that. So, horsepower is one thing we don't have to worry about this weekend at Michigan. I think the big thing for us is that we're taking a brand new car this weekend. It isn't rebuilt or re-worked -- it has been built from scratch. I think the chassis shop started working on this car the week after Richmond so I think more than anything that will give us a little better idea where we are as far as aero and handling elements are concerned this weekend."

Notes of Interest

* Jarrett has four career wins at the two-mile Michigan track. His most recent win at Michigan was the August race of 2002. Additionally, Jarrett has 15 top-five finishes and 20 top-10 finishes in 36 starts at MIS.

* In his last six starts at Michigan, Jarrett has four top-three finishes.

* Jarrett is the top money-winner at MIS with a career total of $1,972,915 earned in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series earnings.

* Among active drivers, Jarrett is second on the all-time win list with four wins, along with driver Mark Martin. Only fellow driver Rusty Wallace has one more win than Jarrett.

Chassis 50

Chassis 50 is the car that Jarrett will race this weekend. This is a brand new car for the #88 UPS Team and this weekend's NEXTEL Cup Series race marks the first time the car will be raced.

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