Pocono II: Dale Jarrett preview

UPS Racing Team Notes of Interest * Jarrett is a three-time winner at Pocono Raceway, with his most recent win coming in the Pocono 500 in June 2002. * This weekend's Pennsylvania 500 marks Jarrett's 40th career start at the 2.5-mile Pocono ...

UPS Racing Team Notes of Interest

* Jarrett is a three-time winner at Pocono Raceway, with his most recent win coming in the Pocono 500 in June 2002.

* This weekend's Pennsylvania 500 marks Jarrett's 40th career start at the 2.5-mile Pocono Raceway. In his previous 39 stars, Jarrett has scored three wins, 13 top-five and 18 top-10 finishes. His average finish and average start in the span of 39 races is 15th.

* While Jarrett has only one win in what is now known as the Pennsylvania 500, his record during the July race at Pocono features stronger performance. His average finish in the July race is 12th and he has only one DNF during the previous 19 July events in which he has competed.

* In addition to the one win in the July race at Pocono, Jarrett has seven top-five and 11 top-10 finishes.

* Jarrett started running at Pocono in 1987. In the 19 Nextel Cup Series races that have run during the July event at Pocono, there have been 3,754 laps of racing. Jarrett has completed 3,681 of those laps for a lap completion rate of 98 percent.

Dale Jarrett Discusses Racing at Pocono Raceway

Is Pocono the kind of track at which this team looks forward to competing?

"It's a track where I have always looked forward to competing. My first win at Robert Yates Racing was at this track when I was driving the #28 car and my other two wins there have been in the #88 UPS Ford. It's hard to believe this is my 40th start here. It's funny that we don't shift here now because I remember the first time we started doing that in competition so I guess you could say I've been around for a lot of changes as far as how you drive the track. But because it is a track where you've won at and performed well at, that does make it one of those places you look a little more forward to going to than perhaps some of the tracks where you haven't performed as well."

Does this weekend's race at Pocono serve as a good indicator of who will run well at Indianapolis?

"You wouldn't think so because of how different the tracks are as far as shape and everything but at the end of the day you have to have a good handling race car and a good engine at both tracks to do well. It seems that the way the air hits the car at both tracks have similar effects on the aerodynamics and both tracks are fairly flat surfaces that create similar characteristics. The past few years, if you look at the run down, a lot of times the teams that ran well at Pocono also ran well at Indy a week or two later. So Pocono may not necessarily be an indicator but it ends up serving as a good test in doing the things a team does to get ready for the Brickyard."

Chassis 54

Chassis 54 is the car the #88 UPS Racing Team will compete with this weekend at Pocono. It is the same car the team raced at Pocono in June. This weekend will mark the tenth career start for Chassis 54 and the seventh 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 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Jarrett , Robert Yates
Teams Yates Racing