Pocono: Dale Jarrett preview

* Dale Jarrett prepares for this weekend's Pocono 500 as a three-time winner at the tricky 2.5-mile track. Jarrett's first win behind the wheel of a Robert Yates Racing Ford occurred at Pocono in July 1995 while he was driving the ...

* Dale Jarrett prepares for this weekend's Pocono 500 as a three-time winner at the tricky 2.5-mile track. Jarrett's first win behind the wheel of a Robert Yates Racing Ford occurred at Pocono in July 1995 while he was driving the #28 Texaco Ford. He went on to win two more times, winning in July 1997 and his most recent win at Pocono was in June 2002 while driving the #88 UPS Ford.

* Jarrett, along with Jeff Gordon and Bobby Labonte, are the only active drivers with three wins at Pocono. That is the most wins at Pocono among active drivers.

* Car owner Robert Yates has four wins at Pocono (three with Jarrett, one with Ricky Rudd in 2001). With four wins, Yates is in a five-way tie for third on the car owner win list at Pocono.

* Jarrett will practice and qualify the #88 UPS Ford Fusion on Friday afternoon and then return home to Hickory, N.C., where his oldest daughter, Natalee, will be participating in graduation ceremonies from Hickory High School on Saturday, June 10th. Teammate Elliott Sadler will practice the #88 UPS Ford on Saturday morning for a few laps during one of the two Saturday practice session.

* UPS wrapped up the online voting portion of the "Design Dale's Ride" coloring contest on May 29th. The contest, which is all part of an overall program to benefit Toys for Tots, featured 10 finalists from children ages 5-12 that submitted entries during the month of April. More than 2,500 entries were received. During the 10 days of online voting from May 20-29, more than 22,000 votes were registered online at www.theupsstore.com.

Dale Jarrett Discusses Racing at Pocono

Do you still get excited about this time of year with the races on the schedule?

"Well, I certainly would be looking more forward to these races if we were running better but yes, the next several races are some of my favorite races with Michigan, Pocono, and Indianapolis coming up in a few weeks. These are tracks where I have won and this team has won multiple times so we know we're capable of winning. If anything it will be a good tool for seeing where we are with our chassis program as far as getting it to where it needs to be to be competitive on these intermediate tracks where down force and handling are so important."

Why does a 500-mile race at Pocono seem longer than a 600-mile race at Charlotte?

"Probably because it is. No, it definitely seems longer than 600 miles at Charlotte or 500 miles anywhere we race. Five hundred miles at Pocono is a very long day. From a driver's standpoint, even though you have long straight-aways to relax a little bit, you're usually battling somebody. But once you do get to the three corners you have a lot of work to do. I think probably physically it's as demanding as racing 600 miles at Charlotte. It's not up to me, but I think this is a place we definitely need to look at trimming back to 400 miles like we've done at some other places such as Dover. It's a really long day and it's hard on equipment, plus I think it would probably be a better race for the fans here and at home watching if it were that distance."

Chassis 54

Chassis 54 the car the UPS Racing Team will compete with this weekend at Pocono. It is the same car the team raced last weekend at Dover International Speedway. This weekend will mark the eighth career start for Chassis 54 and the fifth of 2006. The car's best finish this year is a 14th-place effort at Texas Motor Speedway in April. The car's best finish to date is a 12th-place effort at Texas last November.

-ryr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Dale Jarrett , Bobby Labonte , Robert Yates , Elliott Sadler
Teams Yates Racing