Michigan: Dale Jarrett preview

UPS Racing Team Notes of Interest * Dale Jarrett is one of three active drivers in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series that has four wins at the two-mile Michigan International Speedway. Jarrett, along with Mark Martin and Ryan Newman, each have...

UPS Racing Team Notes of Interest

* Dale Jarrett is one of three active drivers in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series that has four wins at the two-mile Michigan International Speedway. Jarrett, along with Mark Martin and Ryan Newman, each have four wins which places the trio of drivers sixth on the track's all-time win list.

* Jarrett picked up his first Michigan win on August 18, 1991, which happened to also be his first career win in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series. Jarrett raced for the Wood Brothers in 1991 and held off a fast-closing Davey Allison who was driving the #28 Ford for Robert Yates Racing.

* Jarrett's most recent win at Michigan was on the 11th anniversary of his first win. He visited victory lane at Michigan on August 18th, 2002, a victory he earned after spinning out within the first 20 laps of the race. Jarrett came back to lead the final seven laps in route to the victory.

* Car owner Robert Yates is third on Michigan's list of all-time winning car owners. Yates has six wins at Michigan as a car owner with Jarrett scoring three of those wins. Allison scored two of his three Michigan wins while driving for Yates, and Ernie Irvan scored a win for Yates in 1997. Yates sits third on the winning car-owner list behind the Wood Brothers who have 11 Michigan wins and Harry Melling and Jack Roush with seven wins each.

Dale Jarrett Discusses Racing at Michigan

Do you get excited when you see Michigan coming up on the schedule?

"Michigan is one of those tracks where just about every driver on the circuit has to get excited. I'm sure people get tired of hearing me say this but Michigan is my favorite track for reasons that are probably the same reasons other drivers consider this track a favorite. For me personally, I've had a lot of success here. I won my first race here, but more than anything else, it's just a great racing facility. It's great for the drivers to get out and race on, side-by-side and everything, and that's what we really look for as competitors."

How important is it to race at a track like Michigan where you have had success?

"Right now it's probably more important to me and this race team than anything. This is a track I enjoy and one where I've won at. That does make a difference. When you go to a place like Pocono or Michigan, where I've had success and know what the car needs to feel like. That gives me a better idea of what I'm really looking for when I can find that. When you've had that success it's good to go to these types of race tracks. We've got a lot of tracks coming up that I am hoping we can take advantage of as far as figuring out what it is we're missing that so many other teams seem to have hit upon and are having success."

Do you think this track has changed much through the years?

"The track hasn't changed as much as the cars and tires have changed. Even with the weathering that goes on with a track, I don't think you've seen it take that much of a toll. The way that you drive this race track hasn't really changed that much. You'll change the way that you drive this track throughout the 400 miles on Sunday whether that's with the bottom of the race track being the quickest way around, or the middle of the track, and then possibly the quick way around might even get to the very top of the race track. Obviously, our speeds are a little quicker and that seems to have progressed each year, but the way that you drive and the things that you do are pretty much the same."

Chassis 66

Chassis 66 is the car the UPS Racing Team is competing with this weekend at Michigan. Chassis 66 is a brand new car for the #88 UPS Racing Team and this weekend's race marks the first appearance for the car.

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Ernie Irvan , Dale Jarrett , Ryan Newman , Jack Roush , Robert Yates , Mark Martin , Davey Allison