UPS Team Looks for Pocono Redemption CHARLOTTE, N.C. (July 27, 2004) ---- Dale Jarrett and the ...
UPS Team Looks for Pocono Redemption
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (July 27, 2004) ---- Dale Jarrett and the #88 UPS Team will look for redemption this weekend at Pocono Raceway. Jarrett was denied a finish in the top five and potential shot for a win at Pocono in June when the motor on the UPS Ford failed with just five laps remaining in the 200-lap event. Of Jarrett's three career Pocono wins, two have occurred during the track's July race and the UPS Team hopes to make it career Pocono win number four for Jarrett during this weekend's Pennsylvania 500.
While the team is looking for Pocono redemption, Jarrett is also looking for the UPS Racing Team to stay the course and pick up another top-five finish if not a win. The team picked up its sixth top-10 finish of the season last weekend at New Hampshire International Speedway, and its third top-10 finish in the last five NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series events.
"We've got to have seven more good races," Jarrett said following Sunday's Siemens 300. "If we can have them all in the top 10, then there's a possibility that we'll get in the top 10 in the points, but we can't have any hiccups from this point on. It may take some misfortune from some other guys as well. If they have that, then we have to be there to capitalize on it. I like what we're doing and hopefully we can keep on this path."
Dale Jarrett Discusses Pocono Raceway
Do you feel like Pocono owes you one?
"I don't know if you can say we are "owed" anything but we definitely had a good finish get away from us there in June. To the other side though we came away from Pocono in June with a pretty good direction for this UPS Team as far as chassis and car bodies go so in that respect we gained something during that race weekend. I think we have worked through any motor issues that hopefully we won't have a problem like that again but the motors are a big help at a track like Pocono where horsepower is such a big thing. It's allowing us to turn the RPM's that we've been racing against, so that's the biggest thing that we can take and use to our advantage. I can't tell you exactly what the speed is at Pocono because you're fast there anyway, but I knew from looking at the RPM's that it's where we need to be."
Are you looking forward to the weekend at Pocono?
"Oh without question. It's been a good track for me, this team and Robert Yates Racing. I'm excited because we're taking the same car back to Pocono and it ran great there all day until the very end. So we'll be looking for more of the same. This is one of the races that I look at as an opportunity for this team to really make up some ground in getting into the top 10. We have a lot of tracks coming up like Pocono, Indianapolis and Michigan that we hope we can use to our advantage."
The battle to get in the top 10 in points has been grabbing headlines, and the UPS Team is within striking distance, what is it going to take to get that accomplished?
"We just have to do our job. It's like it always is. If you take care of your business and we do our job the way that we're supposed to, then the rest of that will take care of itself if it's meant to be. We know we're in striking position now and that we can get into the top 10, but all of it depends on how we do our job. It certainly, to a degree, depends on what the guys toward the latter part of the top 10 do, but more depends on us. We can't have any mistakes over these last seven races. We have to continue to perform well. We have to do a good job in the pits and we have to make good decisions on the race track and in the pits. If we do all of that, then I think our chances are very good that we'll end up in the top 10."
Notes of Interest
* Jarrett's record at Pocono during the track's July event features two career wins. Jarrett has three career wins at Pocono -- all have taken place with Robert Yates Racing (in the #28 Ford in July 1995, #88 Ford July 1997 and June 2002).
* Jarrett's overall career record at Pocono features three career wins, 13 top-five and 18 top-10 finishes in 35 starts.
* Jarrett has led at Pocono Raceway during 17 different races for a total of 478 laps and 1,195 miles.
* Robert Yates Racing has four wins at Pocono (three with Jarrett and one Ricky Rudd in 2001).
The UPS Team will compete with Chassis 28 in this weekend's Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway. Chassis 28 is the same car Jarrett raced at Pocono in June where he qualified 10th and competed in the top five throughout the majority of the day before losing the motor on the UPS Ford. Chassis 28 has also made appearances at Michigan International Speedway and Chicagoland Speedway where the UPS Team picked up a pair of third-place finishes. Chassis 28 is an in-house chassis for Robert Yates Racing.