Michigan II: Dale Jarrett preview

* Dale Jarrett travels to Michigan International Speedway for this weekend's GFS Marketplace 400 as a four-time winner at the two-mile track. * Jarrett will make his 40th career Michigan start this weekend. In his previous 39 starts at ...

* Dale Jarrett travels to Michigan International Speedway for this weekend's GFS Marketplace 400 as a four-time winner at the two-mile track.

* Jarrett will make his 40th career Michigan start this weekend. In his previous 39 starts at Michigan, Jarrett has accumulated four wins, two poles, two outside poles, 15 top-five and 20 top-10 finishes.

* Jarrett's average finish at Michigan is 15.3 despite having a total of five DNFs.

* Qualifying for the GFS Marketplace takes place on the 15th anniversary of Jarrett's first career NASCAR Nextel Cup Series win which occurred at Michigan International Speedway on August 18, 1991 while driving the No. 21 Ford for the Wood Brothers.

Jarrett Discusses Racing at Michigan

Is it encouraging to go to a track like Michigan when the team is struggling?

"It's welcome because it is a place where this team has had success but it is also a little frustrating. Anytime you go to a track where you have run well in the past you'd like to go and know that your team and car is a threat for the win but I can't say that right now. I think first our team needs to get to a point where we are capable of running respectably because we haven't done that much in a while. On the positive side, this team knows what it takes to run well at Michigan and if the chassis is right and the aerodynamics on the car is there then this team knows what the car needs to run up front at Michigan and be in a position to win."

Do you think morale at the shop may be taking a toll on performance?

"There's no question that when morale is down it can affect performance, but that isn't the cause of our problems. There's a lot of change going on right now within our organization and that is tough on a team any time whether you're running well or struggling. Usually though the team is in a state of the latter for a lot of change to start taking place. But I think Robert and Doug have done a good job in communicating with the race team and making them understand why they're making the changes. They're trying to go forward now. We keep trying to reinforce to the guys on the race team that now is when they look at people and decide who they're going to keep in their organization. The ones that are going to work hard during these difficult times are the people that you want around, not the people that may want to think about giving up just because we haven't run well and they're making all of these changes. Now is when people can really solidify their jobs by working extremely hard and being a positive influence on everybody within this race team.

Chassis 69

Chassis 69 is the car Jarrett will race this weekend at Michigan. While it is a new car for the #88 UPS Racing Team it is not new to Robert Yates Racing. It is the same car development driver Stephen Leicht attempted to qualify for the All State 400 at the Brickyard two weeks ago in Indianapolis.

-credit: ryr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Dale Jarrett , Robert Yates , Stephen Leicht